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45 years of giving - and Phyllis isn't done yet!

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

By Gill Roberts / gill.roberts@swwmedia.co.uk / @Gill_Roberts

Phyllis Phillips of Coelbren.

Phyllis Phillips of Coelbren.

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PHYLLIS Phillips is truly an unsung hero.

For the past 45 years she has been fundraising for Cancer Research and at 91, isn't planning on putting her feet up quite yet.

Every year Mrs Phillips goes around her village of Coelbren, in the upper Dulais Valley, to raise as much as she can for the charity.

Although she hasn't kept count of how much she has raised over the years, it must be rolling into the thousands.

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"Last year I raised £671.13 and that was in the village," said Mrs Phillips, who lives on Station Road.

"I go door to door. My son takes me to the end of the village and I walk back.

"I see all the people and they all know me."

She said it was something she really enjoyed doing.

"I am happy doing it," she said. "Everybody knows me because I have been doing it for a long time now.

"As you get older you can't do as much but I still do it.

"People always wait for me to come.

"It is pleasing doing it."

She said she goes around the village collecting every year without fail.

"I go house to house and do it once a year," she said.

"I do a lot of raffles as well.

"I am always grateful to people. It is a wonderful thing."

It is the social aspect of her fundraising that she also enjoys.

"I have met a lot of friends along the way," said Mrs Phillips.

"There is a group of us and we meet every month. We were about 25 at one time. Now we come about to 20."

Coelbren resident Gayle Marsh said everybody knows Phyllis, and her commitment to Cancer Research.

"Everybody just likes to support her in whatever she is doing," she said.

"It is remarkable that she has been doing it for so long.

"She is always thinking about other people."

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