A BIG-hearted man who raised money for charity instead of accepting birthday gifts saw how the cash will be put to good use.

Stephen Eastlake, of Flockton, celebrated his 60th birthday and asked family and friends to give money for Kirkwood Hospice instead of giving him presents.

He collected £520 at his birthday bash at the Galpharm Stadium.

His cash for the Dalton hospice was boosted by £500 from the Yorkshire Building Society’s charitable trust.

He was put in touch with the trust by Vince Kevins, of the society.

Mr Eastlake, wife Beryl and Mr Kevins visited the hospice to meet staff.

The money has been used to buy TVs.

Kate Leadbeater, Kirkwood’s community fund-raiser, said: “We’re very grateful for the donation from Mr Eastlake’s birthday collection.

“On behalf of the hospice team I would like to offer our thanks.”

Stephen’s birthday appeal received some extra help from his local gym, Fitness First based at Waterloo, where staff held a collection.

An anonymous donor also helped the fund with a gift of £248, made directly to the hospice.

Despite Mr Eastlake’s insistence on no presents, guests at his birthday party pushed the boat out to make sure he had something nice to open on his special day.

The Liverpool FC fan was delighted to unwrap a club shirt, watch and signed card from theplayers.