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Cliff Phillips is still so busy at just 93

THE show must go on for a 93-year-old man, who survived cancer and plans to host his own garden show in aid of multiple sclerosis sufferers in Solihull.

THE show must go on for a 93-year-old man, who survived cancer and plans to host his own garden show in aid of multiple sclerosis sufferers in Solihull.

Cliff Phillips, of Sunnymead Road, Yardley regularly opens his garden to raise funds to help people in the Multiple Sclerosis Society, including his daughter Heather Wilson.

The tradition almost came to an end after Cliff had an operation on a tumour last year, but the keen gardener has decided "The show must go on".

Son-in-law Tony, who usually helps, broke his neck in a fall, so Cliff will be going it alone.

"I'm a busy lad," he said. "I was fortunate that my operation in September last year fitted in after the last Open Day - it's something for a man of my age to recover from an operation like that.

"The doctor wasn't going to operate, but then said I looked fit enough and about 70, and went ahead."

Daughter Heather aged 64 said her dad got "enormous pleasure out of his garden" since he recovered from cancer.

"The family were going to help him when he said he wanted to open his garden for MS, but a few days later he came and told us his greenhouse was empty - and he'd planted the garden out."

Chairman of the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Solihull Peter Graham, said: "Clifford Phillips is amazing. Let's trust the weather gives us a really good day and another fund raising record is set."

The former traffic supervisor for Birmingham City Council will open his garden to the public on July 6 from 1.30pm to 5.30pm

Entrance is free and there will be a fund raising raffle and tombola.

Information about supporting MS work locally is available from Jackie Dawkes, on 01564 823627, or by visiting www.mssociety.org.uk/solihull ..SUPL:

 

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