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Widow speaks out about charity begging letters

Jenny Phelps has received over a thousand letters. Credit: ITV News

A widow from Bristol has spoken out about the volume of letters she receives from charities.

Jenny Phelps from Coombe Dingle started giving money to charity after the death of her husband five years ago. She says she's now received over a thousand letters.

It follows the death of Britain's oldest poppy seller Olive Cooke, who was found dead in the Avon Gorge two weeks ago, and was plagued by charity appeals, telling a friend they made her feel guilty.

I don't say the charities are wrong for asking for money because obviously they're deserving causes, but they do all put gifts in and say 'will you please send back the baby blanket or £20 to help our cause', and it puts pressure on you.

– Jenny Phelps
Olive Cooke was getting up to 260 letters a month and phone calls from charities asking for money. Credit: SWNS

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Remembrance Sunday in Plymouth

Crowds on Plymouth Hoe for Remembrance Day Credit: ITV West Country

Thousands of people turned out on Plymouth Hoe this morning for the annual remembrance service. At 11am veterans, cadets and servicemen and women stood side by side as they paused to remember those killed in action.

Plymouth's war memorial become focal point of remembrance service Credit: ITV West Country

Remembrance Sunday in Pictures

Thousands have lined the streets of Bristol in tribute to servicemen and women killed in action. At 11am veterans, servicemen and women, cadets and members of the public stood side by side to mark the 2 minute silence.

Wreaths being placed at the cenotaph in Bristol Credit: ITV West
Troops pause to remember fallen servicemen Credit: ITV West
Wreaths placed at Royal Wootton Bassett Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Wreaths of remembrance are placed on the war memorial on the High Street of Royal Wootton Bassett, where a service of remembrance and two minutes silence was observed. The Wiltshire town had become synonoymous with the repatriation of fallen service personnel.

Crosses of remembrance are placed around the War Memorial in Royal Wootton Bassett Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

People young and old place crosses of remembrance on the war memorial on the High Street of Royal Wootton Bassett.

Serving military personnel chat with vetrans at Royal Wootton Bassett, Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
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