Top honour for poppy volunteer

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A Scottish Poppy Appeal volunteer has been honoured for her dedicated support to the

charity for an incredible 
70 years.

Stalwart Gill Inglis, of Lenzie, retired recently as area 
organiser of Poppyscotland.

The 84-year-old started helping with poppy collections at the height of World War Two, in 1944.

At a celebration at 
St Cyprian’s Scottish Episcopal Church Hall, Beech Road, Lenzie, Gill was presented with her 50-year Volunteer Award and a Gold Poppy.

Poppyscotland committee member Graham Curran thanked Gill and praised her for her hard work over the years.

He added: “The awards go up to 50 years and Gill has 
broken the record!”

After the war, Gill continued to help selling poppies 
until 1979 when she took up the post of area organiser.

Graham said: “Gill started helping with poppy collections in 1944 as a 14-year-old.

“She continued to help with the selling of poppies 
until 1979, when she took on the role as area organiser.

“Her dedication and hard work has ensured poppies have been available for the people in Lenzie ever since.”

Poppyscotland supports veterans and their families across Scotland and collected the grand total of £6,634.60 in the area, thanks to the efforts of all the volunteers and the generosity of the community.

Christine Morrison has taken on the role of area organiser.

Every year, the charity calls for people to give up a few hours of their time to help with the campaign, which ends on November 11.

People who are interested in helping should contact Christine by emailing or by calling Poppyscotland on 0141 338 6585.

The Scottish Poppy Appeal is one of the largest charity campaigns in the country and last year raised £2,643,821 to help support Poppyscotland’s work with the Armed Forces community.