Charity stalwart celebrates her 90th

Margaret Balmbra celebrates her 90th birthday.
Margaret Balmbra celebrates her 90th birthday.

A Sabden resident who is still raising thousands of pounds each year for charity celebrated her 90th birthday at the weekend.

Mrs Margaret Balmbra was joined by family and friends at a party at St Mary’s Church hall in Sabden on Sunday.

One of the highlights of Margaret’s day was being presented with a necklace by her children.

It featured nine rings – each one inscribed with the name of one of her nine children and each one representing a decade of her life.

Margaret, who has lived in Sabden all her life, raises thousands of pounds annually for both Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity which supports people who have been diagnosed with cancer, and the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Well loved in Sabden and beyond, Margaret and her late husband Denis tied the knot at St Mary’s Church, back in 1946.

The couple lived on Thorn Street in Sabden and Margaret used to run a corner shop selling food and other goods, from this address until the 1990s.

Alongside her charity work, Margaret, who also has 24 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, could always be seen looking after one or more of the youngsters.

Later moving to Littlemoor House sheltered accommodation, where Margaret still lives, her husband Denis, a keen gardener, regularly won the award for the best kept garden in the village.

Margaret, who is due to become a great-great grandma to a baby boy in May, was surrounded by her family, who all still live in the village and surrounding area, at her party on Sunday.

Seated on a special throne, was treated like royalty.