A Bedlington widow is leaving her estate to two good causes.
Margaret Stoker will leave everything to Age UK Northumberland and the Great North Air Ambulance.
Having grown up in Earsdon Orphanage, Margaret had to work for her keep and it was not until she met and married Ted Stoker at the age of 25 that she had any relatives.
Sadly the couple were unable to have children and Ted’s relatives have passed away.
And Ted died after suffering a heart attack at the scene of a car accident on the A69 eight years ago.
Margaret said: “As we couldn’t have our own children we took up jobs at an estate in South Wales where Ted worked with the butlers and I undertook domestic duties and looked after the children.
“When that job came to an end we moved back to the north east and looked after each other, until I lost Ted.
“I survived but was on my own apart from my friend Diane Malarky, who has looked out for me for nearly 17 years.
Margaret has been supported by the Age UK Northumberland community day service at the Isabella Centre in Blyth.
“When I heard about the day centre in Blyth and that they would pick me up and take me home I thought ‘why not?’.
“I love it here. These people are my friends and my family, and give me lots of love and care.”
Margaret has now been attending sessions at least three days a week for the last five years and once a week she also has some home help with housework and shopping.
For more information on the service call Age UK Northumberland on 0845 1400 088.