Search

Poppy good show for unsung heroes

PUBLISHED: 12:36 29 April 2003 | UPDATED: 13:48 03 March 2010

STANDING out in all weathers is not everyone's idea of how to spend their day – but pensioner Marjorie Mills has clocked up an incredible 45 years of fundraising.

STANDING out in all weathers is not everyone's idea of how to spend their day – but pensioner Marjorie Mills has clocked up an incredible 45 years of fundraising.

She is one of dozens of unsung heroes in Ipswich who were recently commended for their part in raising money for the Poppy Appeal.

Ipswich Mayor Richard Risebrow presented the awards at a ceremony at The Conservative Club in the town's Kirby Street.

A total of 33 long-standing collectors were awarded (involved for ten years or more) and another 60 people were praised for their part in raising cash.

Burma Star member Bill Matthews, who stands at Tower Ramparts collected £2,800, Greta Lockwood, Diana Pipe, Doris Burrows, Gertrude Garrod, were also among the longest collectors who had clocked up an amazing 34 years each.

Peter Thompson, secretary of The Royal British Legion, Ipswich branch, said: "It was a fantastic evening. A total £33,300 was raised in Ipswich – which is a lot of poppies – and without these people we wouldn't have any money for The Poppy Appeal.

"Even the people who clean the pots and put the labels on all help. Collectors stand out in all weathers it is not an easy job, especially today. They have all done a really good job and don't get any recognition other than this.

"The money is only used for welfare for ex-service man and women and their families and Legion Homes that house ex-service people.

"There will be even more burden put on the poppy appeal because of the Gulf. People want help and that is where all the money goes."

The evening included refreshments and entertainment by Ron Markwell. On the night, Walter Thompson, 91, received an unsung heroes award after he dedicated his life to helping Royal Naval veterans and the community.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ipswich Star. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ipswich Star