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Sandwich poet Nick Matthews donates £500 Nationwide cash to Age Concern

By Eleanor Perkins

Poet Nick Matthews is continuing to spread the love in Sandwich by donating £500 to Age Concern.

Last week, Kent Online's sister paper The Mercury told readers how the 65-year-old was so grateful to Nationwide for their help and support that he was inspired to write them a poem.

In return, the building society gave the New Romney Place resident £500 which he has donated to the Cattle Market centre.

Georgina Isted from Nationwide in Sandwich with poet Nick Matthews who has donated the cash Nationwide gave him to the town's Age Concern branch
Georgina Isted from Nationwide in Sandwich with poet Nick Matthews who has donated the cash Nationwide gave him to the town's Age Concern branch

Mr Matthews, a retired teacher who has little use of his hands and arms due to Post Polio Syndrome, said: “I feel charity connects with the sentiment of the poem.

“I chose Age Concern in Sandwich because there are so many helpers even some of my ex-pupils and they help older people to enjoy life, like Nationwide.

“They trim my finger nails for me!”

Age Concern is open to anyone over 50 and helped with a variety of things including meals, benefits help and even hair cutting.

Chief officer of operations Jane Goring said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to Nick for thinking of us.

“His kind donation will help us to refurbish our TV lounge to make it more multi-purpose.”

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