Birthday treats for Newbattle disabled group

Madeleine Pryde (90) and Elizabeth Flynn (80)
Madeleine Pryde (90) and Elizabeth Flynn (80)

Two local women raised more than £1000 for a Midlothian charity by taking donations instead of presents at their recent milestone birthdays.

Madeleine Pryde and Elizabeth Flynn recently celebrated their 90th and 80th birthdays respectively by taking donations for Newbattle Handicapped club, handing over a cheque for £1,100.

The club’s secretary John Dorans said: “We are delighted, over the moon. These women have given us thousands over the years. This shows that there really is good people out there.

“I was at their joint birthday party, it was a tremendous night. I gave a speech thanking them for all their help over the years. As a wee thank you we always invite them to our Christmas party.

“Madeline and her husband Tommy even did the same for their diamond wedding anniversary.

“The money will go towards the up-keep of the club, as we are a voluntary organisation.

“We only have one major funder. The FLB Group in Dalkeith. They do fundraising every year for us.

“So it’s extremely important that we get donations.”

The group has 23 members aged 18 to 44. They meet at Gorebridge Primary School every Thursday, expect during school holidays. The group has been going for 33 years, originally meeting in Mayfield.

John and his wife Margaret have been involved in the running of the club for more than three decades: “I have been involved for 31 years, my wife has been involved since the very start,” said John.

“Her mother Dorothy Neil, former councillor Peter Boyce and Nessie Woods started the club in 1982.

“It’s great that the group is still going strong. Some of the members have been there for 30 years. Everybody that has come has stayed with the club, unless they had to move away.

“So they obviously appreciate it themselves.”