‘MAD’ fundraiser tells life story

Eileen Sandford MBE, aged 87 from Longden, is launching her autobiography next week in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance.

The autobiography, entitled ‘Come on Eileen!’, has taken three years to complete and will be launched on Wednesday 18th August at the Pengwern Book Shop, the Market Hall, Shrewsbury.

The 220 page book is packed full of uplifting anecdotes about Eileen’s 30 years spent fundraising for charities across the region, including the time she abseiled 133 feet down Lord Hill’s Column, Shrewsbury, at the age of 80!

“I often look back at my fundraising experiences and think I must be mad!” says Eileen. “But these charities do so many good things for local people that they really do deserve our support and I’m pleased that my latest venture will be supporting Midlands Air Ambulance.”

Not only has Eileen spent her years fundraising but she was also the Mayor of Shrewsbury (2003/04) and introduced the Girl Guides to Nigeria (where she lived for thirteen years).

In 2004 Eileen’s hard work was recognised by the Queen who awarded her an MBE for her community work and commitment to charities.

Eileen will be making a guest appearance at the Pengwern Book Shop from 12.30pm next Wednesday to sign copies of her long-awaited book. Proceeds from the book will be going towards Midlands Air Ambulance.

‘Come on Eileen!’ is priced at £25 and is available from www.shrewsburybooks.com or by emailingmikewillmott@unicombox.co.uk

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