Fundraiser honoured for efforts on behalf of King’s Lynn hospital

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A Docking man who has single-handedly raised more than £20,000 in under two years for Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital has received an award from the hosptial.

78-year-old Gavin English started fundraising for the QEH after his wife Frances passed away in 2013.

Mr English married Frances in 1957 in Dumfries, and the couple spent 56 years together until Mrs English lost her battle to cancer in September three years ago.

Mr English then decided to begin his charitable work in November of that year and sold Mrs English’s clothes, which was one of her last wishes, to give something back to the Macmillan Care and Treatment Centre at the QEH.

He was presented with a special ‘thank you’ award by chief executive Dorothy Hosein and fundraising executive Laurence Morlaàs on Tuesday, June 14.

Mr English, who has two children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, said: “I appreciate the award and really didn’t expect it but that is not why I fundraise.

“This is what Frances wanted. She wanted to give something back to the people who had been so good to her. I also get a lot out of doing this.”

Over the past two years, Mr English has run supermarket collections, car boot sales and even wrote a book called The Last Waltz to raise money.

Mr Hosein said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Gavin. I am overwhelmed by his effort and generosity. He is a unique person and has raised such a large amount of money in such a short time and under difficult emotional circumstances.”

Mr English added: “We had such a good life together. If you can mix love and faith together I think you have cracked it.”