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The President and the eleven members of the committee looked at Madeline Flowers. She was in her forties and was still an attractive woman. She smiled at the committee members before continuing. “As many of you probably know, I have a small company here in Waterbridge, Bango Burgers Unlimited. I was wondering if it would be possible for Bango Burgers Unlimited to give some money to the Waterbridge Sports Club.”

The President smiled at Mrs Flowers. “That is most kind of you, Mrs Flowers. We are most grateful.”

Some of you may know that I have a son, Peter. However, I don't think you know that I once had a daughter.” Mrs Flowers reached into her handbag and pulled out a handkerchief. She blew her nose loudly before continuing. “Pauline was fifteen when she died. The doctors said she was lucky to live so long. She had problems with her heart all her life. But that didn't stop her living life to the full.”

The committee listened in complete silence.

Her first and only love was basketball. She played it every day. She watched videos of all her favourite teams. She even slept with a basketball in her arms!” Mrs Flowers paused while she wiped a tear from her eye. “I was hoping that I could sponsor the women's basketball team, the Waterbridge Wildcats, in memory of Pauline Flowers. Some kind of sponsorship.”

That's a very kind offer, Mrs Flowers. I'm sure the Wildcats will be very happy for any money your company could give.”

Of course I will have to talk to the directors of the company. I will have to ask them very nicely but I was hoping that we could offer around twenty five thousand pounds a year.”

Twenty five thousand pounds!” repeated the President. “That's a lot of money. Are you sure...”

I'm sure that Pauline is watching us today. I'm sure that she is happy to see that I am supporting the sport that she loved so much.”

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