A thank-you of a lifetime

Margaret Thompson hands over a �1,600 donation to Nicci Hayes, Fundraising Officer for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, with her daughter-in-law Diane, left, son Adam, husband Clifford and daughter Helen Armer
Margaret Thompson hands over a �1,600 donation to Nicci Hayes, Fundraising Officer for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, with her daughter-in-law Diane, left, son Adam, husband Clifford and daughter Helen Armer
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A kind-hearted couple have made a £1,600 donation to the Cardiac Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital as a thank-you for a lifetime of care.

Margaret and Clifford Thompson, of St Michael’s, have recently celebrated their golden wedding, and asked friends and family to make a donation to Blue Skies Hospitals Fund in lieu of gifts.

Margaret and Clifford Thompson were married in Wesham on April  27 1965

Margaret and Clifford Thompson were married in Wesham on April 27 1965

Their charitable gift to Blue Skies – the charity behind Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – is in recognition of care and treatment Margaret, 76, has received on the Cardiac Unit throughout her life.

Margaret was born with a problem with the mitral valve in her heart, known as mitral stenosis, which meant at five years old she wasn’t allowed to put any stress on her heart.

She was bedridden for 12 months under doctors’ orders. She said: “My parents ran a farm, but they had to keep me in a bed in the front room downstairs for a year. At night time my dad would pick me up and carry me to bed, and he would bring me back down again in the morning.

“I remember it vividly, and it was horrendous, and I think my parents deserved a medal.”

I think my parents deserve a medal

At the end of the year, doctors agreed Margaret could be more active, though doctors said she wouldn’t live a long, natural life and might never have children.

On April 27 she and Clifford celebrated 50 years of marriage with their friends and family, including their two children, Adam, 49, and Helen, 47, and their five grandchildren.

She added: “I’ve been closely monitored by Blackpool all my life, and six years ago I had a new mitral valve.

“I have defied the odds, and it’s all thanks to Blackpool’s Cardiac Unit.

“Making a donation to say thank you to the Unit is something that we’ve always wanted to do, but never had the opportunity before now.

“Our anniversary was a lovely occasion, and we are so grateful to everyone who has donated to Blue Skies for us.”