Oldest resident still raising money for charities at 109

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THE Channel Islands’ oldest resident is celebrating her 109th birthday today – and is still helping out charities.

Ruth Berry, who is 109 today, still supports two charities she raises money for by cutting out used stamps from envelopes.

Ruth Berry, nee Symons, was born in Guernsey in 1909 and married Ken Berry.

During the Second World War the family evacuated to Lancashire with their three children and later moved to Cornwall, where her husband joined the RAF and their fourth child was born.

They returned to Guernsey after the war and moved to Le Becquet Farm in St Martin’s, where they ran a campsite and self-catering business.

Mrs Berry was heavily involved with the church and lived at home until a couple of years ago.

She now lives in Summerland House Nursing Home, where she helps out with charity work by cutting out used stamps.

The two charities she supports help Jewish protestant churches and Medical Missionary News, which is an organisation that provides free hospitals in developing countries. She has been fundraising through these stamps for more than 40 years.

She wanted to thank the businesses, banks and individuals who provide the used stamped envelopes.

Juliet Pouteaux

By Juliet Pouteaux
News reporter

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