Molly’s a pearly queen after winning our stunning prize

Molly Shackleton from Hunslet, Leeds with the pearl necklace  she won in the 30th anniversary Half and Half appeal , as Sarah Beaini  from Christopher Stoner jewellers in Harrogate helps fasten the necklace.

Molly Shackleton from Hunslet, Leeds with the pearl necklace she won in the 30th anniversary Half and Half appeal , as Sarah Beaini from Christopher Stoner jewellers in Harrogate helps fasten the necklace.

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WHEN most people get home after two weeks in the sun, they suffer from post-holiday blues – but not Molly Shackleton.

The 73-year-old grandmother arrived back in Leeds after a fortnight in Tenerife to discover she had won a pearl necklace in the Half and Half Appeal’s 30th anniversary campaign.

The pensioner was among the supporters who sent £30 to the YEP’s appeal last month after we asked for donations to celebrate its 30th birthday.

The appeal was launched in June 1982 and has raised more than £2.8m for St Gemma’s Hospice in Moortown and Sue Ryder Wheatfields in Headingley.

As a ‘thank you’ to those who donated during June, everyone who sent in £30 or more was entered into a draw to win a freshwater pearl necklace worth £300, kindly donated by Christopher Stoner Fine Jewellery.

And it was Molly who returned to her home in Hunslet to receive the news that she had won the stunning prize.

She said: “It really is a beautiful necklace. I’ve never won anything before so it was a really amazing surprise.”

Molly has supported the Half and Half Appeal since it launched in 1982 and makes donations several times a year in memory of her husband Ernie, who passed away in 2001.

Although Ernie lost his battle with cancer at Wakefield Hospice, at the age of 63, Molly also likes to support the two hospices in her home city.

She added: “The hospices do a great job and I think it’s nice to show them some support.”

Christopher Stoner Fine Jewellery kindly donated the necklace as pearl is the celebratory stone for 30th anniversaries.

Owner Christopher Stoner said: “My team and I are delighted to be able to present this beautiful necklace to Molly Shackleton, who is one of the many generous people who have kindly made a donation to the Half and Half appeal.

“This special necklace represents a special cause.”

All donations made to the Half and Half Appeal are acknowledged within the pages of the YEP, along with a short tribute to someone special.

To help, please send a cheque or a postal order – made out to the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal – to The Editor, Yorkshire Evening Post, Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 1RF.

Please mark your envelope with the words ‘Half and Half’.

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