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Late Timperley man leaves £2,000 to Manchester and Cheshire dogs' homes
12:10pm Saturday 28th June 2014 in News
BIG-hearted Clive Burslem, who died of heart failure last November, has left a whopping £2,000 to Manchester and Cheshire Dogs' Homes.
The gift, bequeathed in his will, will top up the £450 raised by donations at Clive's funeral service at Dunham Massey Crematorium last December.
Executor and next-door neighbour John Jones, of Deansgate Lane, Timperley, said 71-year-old Clive, the owner of Timperley's Brook Lane Nursery, had always loved dogs - and other pets.
"He kept bees and canaries, but the love of his life were border-line collies,” said John, 69, a retired driver.
He added with a smile: "I can see him now with his last collie, Sally, who was finding it difficult to walk.
"Clive ceremoniously gently placed Sally in a wheelbarrow and pushed her to the nursery.
"He was also an extremely generous man and allowed me to grow vegetables in his nursery, which we shared when I dug them up.
"I knew him as a neighbour for 42 years and I have lost a good friend, who will be sadly missed by the local community.
"But his dying wish was to make sure neglected and abused dogs were cared for in a stable, caring home and that's why he left the £2,000 in his will for the Manchester and Cheshire Dogs' Home."
Corinna Clayton, the homes' fundraiser, said: "This is a marvellous gift for which we are all extremely grateful and the money will be well used for the maintenance and upkeep of dogs at our two homes - one in Manchester and the other in Grappenhall, Cheshire."
She added: "It's good hearted people like the late Clive Burslem that keep us going and give us hope.”