Career ends, but kindness doesn’t

Retiring after 44 years in the Civil Service, Carol Armstrong MBE, who has worked at the Washington Child Benefits Centre, had a retirement with a difference, by her and colleagues baking and donating cakes in aid of the Tuberous Aclerosis Association. Pictured with Carol (centre) are Jen Baxter (left) and Julia Robson (right)
Retiring after 44 years in the Civil Service, Carol Armstrong MBE, who has worked at the Washington Child Benefits Centre, had a retirement with a difference, by her and colleagues baking and donating cakes in aid of the Tuberous Aclerosis Association. Pictured with Carol (centre) are Jen Baxter (left) and Julia Robson (right)
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A STALWART civil servant ended her career by helping the sick child of her colleague.

Carol Armstrong, from Washington, threw a fund-raising retirement do in aid of the battle against Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC).

The condition affects Joshua Findley, the three-year-old son of colleague Joanne, so Carol decided it would be the perfect cause.

She said: “I didn’t fancy a load of boring speeches, and over the years I have really enjoyed organising charity fund-raising events with my staff, so it seemed a fitting way to celebrate my retirement.

“The support I have had so far has been tremendous.”

Carol and her colleagues at the Washington Child Benefit Office held a bake-in in aid of TSC, selling home made goodies – and some shop-bought produce – to raise funds.

It’s not the first time kind-hearted Carol – who has spent 44 years in the Civil Service – has put good causes first.

She was awarded the MBE for services to charity.

“Every week we process around 20,000 child benefit claims,” she said. “So we’re delighted to be helping a charity which really makes a difference to children like Joshua, who are in need of a lot of special care.”

TSC is a genetic disease where tumours can grow anywhere in the body, often in major organs causing epilepsy and disability.

The Tuberous Sclerosis Association (TSA) – Carol’s chosen charity for her retirement event – is a small UK operation which helps people with the condition.

As well as providing support for children like Joshua, the TSA has funded research resulting in medical advances such as the hope of a drug – currently in trials – which appears to shrink tumours and could give children such as Joshua hope for the future.

Anne Carter, TSA head of fundraising and appeals, said: “What a wonderful lady Carol is to think of helping others on her special day.

“On behalf of all the children like, Joshua, who face difficult challenges every day, we’d like to thank Carol and her colleagues for their generous spirit and hard work.”

l To make a donation to support Carol’s efforts, visit www.tuberous-sclerosis.org.

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