Woman, 93, has been leaving biscuits out for binmen every week for 50 years

A generous pensioner has vowed to continue give weekly packets of biscuits to her local binmen.

Hilary Manester, who lives in Mickleover, Derby, has been supplying the sweet treats for more than 50 years.

The tradition began when she lived in nearby Alvaston with her husband, who has since died.

But Hilary, 93, still makes sure to pick up packs of McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives – or occasionally Fox’s Milk Chocolate Rounds – when she nips to Tesco.

The weekly conversations over the biscuits and bins mean more than the workers realise, she explained.

She told Derbyshire Live: ‘It’s an awful job and they’re out in all weathers. It’s so kind of them to come up and get the bins. And they’re so grateful.

‘They always say thank you and tell me they’ll have it with their coffee when they get back.’

Due to her age, Hilary can’t take the bins out to the front of her driveway.

So instead, the kindly binmen knock on her door to get the key to the garage from her, take the bins, empty them and lock up again.

Hilary keeps busy despite her age, and makes dolls for ill children for children going through chemotherapy.

She had cancer herself, and knows how draining the experience is.

Hilary, who described herself as ‘Derbyshire born and Derbyshire bred. Strong in the arm, but weak in the head’, was asked by Derbyshire Live about the reason behind her range of good deeds.

‘It’s just me,’ she replied.

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