HELEN Tindall from Kendal, right, has raised £315 by asking for donations to Marie Curie Cancer Care for her 50th birthday party rather than gifts.

She celebrated her birthday at Carus Green Golf Club with friends and family.

Helen lost her mother to cancer just over 18 months ago and, with the help of Marie Curie nurses, her mum was allowed to stay at home with family right to the end.