AGNES Hand took up a new pastime when she was 90 – helping out at the Pennygate Patient Link charity shop in Spalding.
Ten years on, when it became known that Agnes – otherwise known as Anne – was going to be 100, her friends at the shop organised a surprise birthday party last Tuesday.
The gift to the birthday girl from members of the Pennygate Patient Link committee and volunteers at the shop was vouchers, because Agnes is known as a “shopaholic”, according to committee chairman Geoff Perkins.
“She likes shopping and buying new clothes and she always looks very smart,” said Geoff, who gave the toast to Agnes at the party. “She is going to continue volunteering. It’s her life really and what she enjoys doing. We couldn’t run the shop without people like her because we rely totally on volunteers.”
Agnes’s daughter-in-law Margaret Hand agreed that the three morning shifts at the charity shop kept Agnes going and kept her up-to-date with news.
Margaret said: “It is very important because not only is she helping the people of Pennygate and surrounding areas, but it is a life-line for Agnes because it gives her a social life. It gives her a reason to get dressed up.”
Agnes’s birthday was celebrated with family during the weekend and on Monday, the day itself, and Agnes might have been forgiven for taking a day off on Tuesday. However, she turned up as usual to be greeted by friends gathered for her party.