Stepping up: Dolores Harrison asked friends and relatives to donate money to the Settler’s Dwelling project in St David’s instead of buying her birthday presents. Mrs Harrison has helped raise more than $3,000 because of her generosity.  *Photo supplied
Stepping up: Dolores Harrison asked friends and relatives to donate money to the Settler’s Dwelling project in St David’s instead of buying her birthday presents. Mrs Harrison has helped raise more than $3,000 because of her generosity. *Photo supplied
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An 80-year-old woman has helped to raise thousands of dollars for a community project by foregoing any birthday presents.

Dolores Harrison asked her friends and relatives to donate money to the Settler’s Dwelling project in St David’s instead of buying her any gifts.

Ms Harrison, who is the curator of Carter House, has helped to raise more than $3,000 so far thanks to her generous gesture.

Her birthday party was held outside Carter House on Sunday afternoon and attended by more than 150 friends and family.

Her family also helped to arrange a fashion show where models dressed up in Ms Harrison’s old clothes from as far back as the 1950s.

Ms Harrison told the Bermuda Sun: “I just wanted to do something to help.

“I figured they were running out of funds and could do with a helping hand, so I suggested we do something for them.”

The party began at 4pm and around a dozen models took to the makeshift catwalk to show off Ms Harrison’s classic outfits.

She added: “I had an absolutely fantastic time.

“I’m so grateful to all the people that came along.

“I want to thank MarketPlace and John Carr for providing such a lovely birthday cake and Rick Spurling for helping to organize the event.

“My daughters and their husbands were also a huge help in organizing the food and the fashion show.

“I want to thank everyone that came to Carter House and donated to the Settler’s Dwelling project. I love them all.”