No flowers please

Dear Editor,

When my husband died on June 30, I asked that no flowers be brought to the funeral but instead, if wished, a donation be made for a local charity. I am pleased to tell you that thanks to the number of people who came to the service plus a donation of €100 from the Algarveans Experimental Theatre group, where Gordon loved to spend time making all sorts of other people’s rubbish magically turn into parts of scenery or props for the many productions he was involved in, a total of €555 was raised and donated to Santa Casa da Misericórdia in Estombar.

This wonderful institution not only has a day care centre for the elderly but also provides food and clothing to many local impoverished families. It is, I know, what Gordon would have wished.

Since his death I have been inundated with cards and phone calls, emails and messages on social media. I have been overwhelmed by the love that people have shown towards me at the mutual loss of such a wonderful person and to know that this quiet, gentle man was respected and loved by so many.

I am deeply grateful to all of you as it has meant a lot not only to me and my children to read the personal messages but also Gordon’s family in Canada.

I will be finishing plans for the ‘9th Grand Variety Show’, an event we had already discussed doing together and it will still be happening on November 20.

It will be a happy night benefiting local people and I still need good acts to voluntarily perform so, if you know of anyone, please do get in touch.

Jenny Grainer-Ackerman
By email