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92-year-old defies Doc's advice to continue charity efforts
By Paul Wright
A 92-YEAR-OLD man has defied advice from his doctors to continue a 30-year tradition of raising money for charity.
Denis Day, of Holtspur Avenue, Wooburn Green, raised more than £1,000 by organising a horse and dog show in Berkshire earlier this month – all while battling cancer and recovering from a serious accident.
His efforts add to almost £65,000 of donations he has helped bring to more than 20 different charitable organisations over 32 years - an achievement that earned him a personal invitation to the Queen’s Garden Party a few years ago.
The cystic fibrosis unit at Wycombe Hospital and the Pound House Surgery in Wooburn Green are just the latest good causes to receive the fruits of Denis’s labour.
Despite being in the midst of various ailments, Denis’s enthusiasm for fundraising doesn’t seem to have dwindled.
He said: “I love it as much now as I ever have. Everybody always enjoys the day and I love knowing the money we raise is going to help people who really need it. Hearing that medical equipment you’ve helped fund has just saved a young baby’s life makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
With Denis promising every year to let others carry on his work and give himself a rest, he is unsure of future plans. But with enthusiasm to help the less fortunate still so high, it would be easy to see that £65,000 figure continue its upward trend.