IT is not often that five generations can gather for a social occasion; but this was the delightful experience of veteran Ledbury fundraiser, Doris Mitton, at a recent family wedding.

Mrs Mitton, aged 95, is the mother of six children, sixteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren, and she is also well-known locally for her tireless charity work over the years, in the local area.

Mrs Mitton's first grandchild, Michelle Turner said: "To have five generations together is a very rare occurrence, and my grandmother is such a lovely person, with a heart of gold.

"She's done so much to help other people over the years."

Mrs Mitton travelled to Hellens Manor, at Much Marcle, for the marriage of great grandchild, Stacey Kendrick, to Stephen Oldershaw, and it was there that the remarkable 'five generations' picture was taken.

Mrs Mitton started her working life in service before she was 14, and she spent more than 40 years doing charity work in the Ledbury area.

She opened an Oxfam shop in Ledbury and for many years carried out the visiting service for the Red Cross

Until recently, Mrs Mitton used to do the major shop window displays for the Red Cross shop, at Christmas and Carnival, and then donate any prize money to charity.

In 2003 she was awarded a certificate from the town council in recognition of her many years of charity work.

Her charity work also led to an invitation from the Queen to attend a Buckingham Palace garden party, which Mrs Mitton attended with her late husband Les, who wore top hat and tails for the occasion.

Mr Mitton was Ledbury’s postman for more than three decades and he covered a large area including Ledbury, Bosbury, Putley, Trumpet and Fromes Hill.

Mr Mitton, who died in 2013, enjoyed telling friends that he loaded one mail sack on the train that was actually involved in the Great Train Robbery, in 1963