As she approached a birthday marking another milestone in life, Sharon Burgess, who has worked at HMS Customs for more than three decades decided she would give back to a charity of her choice to lend a helping hand.

Like many Bermudians, she said she has had family members, who spent their last days in Agape House. With that in mind, she asked for monetary gifts for her 60th birthday, to honour the host of medical professionals and nurses who deal with the reality of death daily.

The presentation was made at Agape House last week to Cathy Belvedere of Friends of Hospice.

The proceeds were raised at Ms Burgess’ ‘Stepping Into Sixty’ birthday party held at The Spinning Wheel Complex on December 23rd.

“I’ve had friends and family members who were at Agape House and I wanted to give back to assist them,” said Ms Burgess, who celebrated her birthday with dinner at the Bella Vista Bar & Grill before the big party.

“I am grateful to everyone who came out to share in my special milestone and honoured my request for monetary gifts because I wanted to give a donation to the charity of my choice which is Friends of Hospice,” she added.

“Having a birthday party so close to Christmas as a child, which I’m sure most people can understand, was kind of difficult. There really wasn’t much recognition or a celebration, you get one gift, your birthday present and Christmas present was one in the same.”

Ultimately, she believes that ‘charity begins at home’, and ‘home is where the heart is’, which is why she did it.

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