There was only one retirement present Teresa Sinclair wanted upon leaving the civil service after more than 43 years. That was a donation to St Ann’s Hospice to provide much-needed funds for the charity during our 50th anniversary year, especially during the pandemic.
It is also a big year for Teresa, from Gatley, who celebrates her 60th birthday on March 3, a month after leaving her administrative role with Border Force.
To mark her two special milestones she is walking and running 2021 kilometres during 2021 – her aim to raise £2,021 for the hospice. Teresa is already more than half way there, thanks to many generous donations from Border Force friends and colleagues across the UK.
Teresa said: “Rather than buy gifts, I asked colleagues to make donations which a lot did and a joint collection also raised £310.
“I’ve spent much of this last year working from home in these strange times, so when I actually left it felt very odd but my colleagues gave me the most wonderful virtual send off.
“I’ve lots of retirement plans, many of which I can’t fulfil at the moment. I’ll have more time for gardening which I’d like to learn more about. My husband John retired from Manchester University nearly two years ago so we plan to travel more when we’re able.
“I’d like to do some voluntary work and I will also have more time for my running and walking.”
Teresa, a member of Winston Runners of Wythenshawe, is keen to support St Ann’s.
My mum Cynthy spent some time in a hospice near our family home in Kent and I know what an amazing difference they can make to end-of-life care for patients and their families. My challenge celebrates the memory of the lovely family and friends I've loved and lost along the way. There are more of them than I'd wish and they've all enriched my life in different and immeasurable ways. I'll never forget any of them. Teresa Sinclair