He has been volunteering for Leeds charities for over four decades and has raised over £100,000.
And well-known fundraiser Terry Roberts revealed on Thursday at his surprise 80th birthday party that he has no plans to slow down.
Terry, from Ireland Wood, spends nearly every day running a charity stall in St James’ or LGI - but yesterday he took a well-deserved day off to celebrate his milestone birthday with family and colleagues.
Staff at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Trust and Terry’s daughter April Roberts organised the party at the Trust’s Headquarters.
He said: “My daughter rang me last night and told me to dress up smart, but I had no idea. I was overwhelmed when I came through the door and saw everyone, it was the biggest surprise of my life. I was very touched.”
And asked whether he will be taking time out after his birthday, he replied: “I’m going to go down with the ship.”
April said: “I’m so proud of Dad, and I am truly blessed to have a father like I’ve got. He’s always got a smile on his face, and just lights up the room.”
Terry was presented with a commemorative glass trophy at the party in recognition of his achievements - and his cowboy themed cake referenced the General Custer costume he often wears whilst fundraising.
The Trust’s Fundraising Manager Sharon Evans said: “Terry seems to know everyone. He’s our right hand man. He is so amazing to have raised such a lot of money, and so reliable. When Terry says he’s turning up, you know he will.”
Terry was honoured by the YEP as our Hero of the Year in the 2010 Community Awards.