Ham­per treat for special cou­ple

Pam­pered with a ham­per for Christ­mas

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - KAREN HAMBRIDGE karen.hambridge@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

BAR­WELL cou­ple Tony and Ma­ree Grif­fiths will be tuck­ing into lots of lovely good­ies this Christ­mas af­ter re­ceiv­ing a special “pam­per with a ham­per”.

The re­tirees were nom­i­nated by sis­ter-in- law Kay, who said they were al­ways there for her and her daugh­ter, Jane who has Down’s Syn­drome.

The ham­per do­nated by the Heart of Eng­land Co-op con­tains £25 worth of Co-op branded goods in­clud­ing mince pies, Christ­mas pud­ding and a bot­tle of wine.

Ma­ree, aged 80, a for­mer din­ner su­per­vi­sor at the for­mer com­mu­nity col­lege, was stunned when she re­ceived the call to say the ham­per was on its way.

She said: “I just could not be­lieve it. We have never won any­thing or been given any­thing like this. It is won­der­ful and how very kind of Kay to nom­i­nate us.” The cou­ple met at the Earl Shilton Work­ing Men’s Club when Tony was on leave from his na­tional ser­vice.

Ma­ree, orig­i­nally from Earl Shilton, said: “He asked me to dance and I thought, well why not, and it just went on from there.”

Tony, a chef in the RAF, had been evac­u­ated to Hinck­ley with his sis­ter af­ter their home in Southend was bombed dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

The cou­ple have lived in their Bar­well home for more than 40 years and have two grand­chil­dren and a great grand­son, as well as Kay and Jane for fam­ily.

Ma­ree said: “We en­joy go­ing on hol­i­day and out for lunch with friends as well as go­ing on walks. We go out with Kay and Jane to the Con­cor­dia. It’s won­der­ful that Kay nom­i­nated us - she is such a kind per­son who would do any­thing for any­one and we do try and be there for her and Jane.”

The Grif­fiths’ are among 30 re­cip­i­ents of ham­pers thanks to The Hinck­ley Times, Heart of Eng­land Co-op and de­liv­ery giant TNT.

Tony and Ma­ree Grif­fiths all set to en­joy their Heart of Eng­land Christ­mas ham­per. Pictured: Jo Dyke from the Co-op hands over some fes­tive mince pies

Tracey Hall from the Co-op­er­a­tive hands over a par­cel to Dar­ren Jee TNT de­liv­ery driver

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