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Letter: Ageist slur

I AM writing on behalf of myself and other members of our guild to tell you that we take exception to being described as, "... elderly women rattling tins and handing out flags ... on street corners..." ("Relaunching the lifeboat", Business, 24 March). Besides the fact that we are no longer allowed to "rattle our tins", several of our committee are still well under 50. Even without the aid of our Zimmer frames, we raised over pounds 9,000 last year. Not bad for an in-shore guild.

Mandy Norton

Hexham Ladies' Lifeboat Guild, Corbridge,