Five Ash Down 84-year-old raises funds for Pensioners

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AN 84 year old man from Five Ash Down has donated almost £16,000 to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

Ronald Mitchell from Millwood Lane has been fundraising for the Hospital since he heard that about £30-million is needed to upgrade living accommodation for the famous old soldiers.

After playing football until he was in his 50s and cricket until recently, Ronald leant hard on former friends and players as well as selling eggs to help raise the money.

He said: “I also ran the Brighton Half Marathon but I only got £10 from that. I started running when I was 82. I’ve worn out three pairs of running shoes. I kept fit by working in my quarter acre garden.”

He described how he travelled from village to village, knocking on doors and asking for money. “I travelled on buses all around and went round the bus. People were very generous.” Ronald is married to Jean, has six children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

Chelsea Royal Hospital spokeswoman Laura Mayes said: “Ronald is a lovely person. We are incredibly grateful for his generous donation. Ronald came up for the day with two of his daughters and had a tour of the Royal Hospital and lunch in the Great Hall.”

Receiving the cheque were three Pensioners, Derek Payne, Gordon Sanders and Ted Roberts.