A veteran charity champion is getting 2014 off to a flying start after upping his fundraising target to £50,000.
David Foulkes, 72, has raised more than £43,000 so far for charities across West Norfolk since setting out to help people more unfortunate than himself 36 years ago.
He said: “I set a target of £40,000 in 1978 to simply help people worse off than me.
“I keep myself fit so I have set a new target of £50,000. I will carry on until I have to pack up, but hopefully I won’t have to.”
Now David, of Hunstanton, is gearing up for a busy year ahead, with his next fundraiser on April 19 already proving popular.
He will be dressing up as Corporal Jones for a Dad’s Army re-enactment outside Richards Butchers in Hunstanton High Street.
Joined by friends dressed as other characters from the TV show, including Private Pike, they will be wrapping sausages in newspaper as they did during the Second World War, before taking part in a sponsored walk around town.
David has organised the event to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers , which supports the children of men and women killed while serving in the armed forces. The Lynn-based charity was set up in August 2010 by Nikki Scott after her husband Corporal Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan in July 2009, leaving her and their two young children.
He said: “There are donation boxes in several shops in Hunstanton, and one is nearly full up already.”
David is also planning a sponsored bike ride in the summer, pedalling from Hunstanton to Wells and Fakenham and back, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Then in September, he and fellow members of the Royal British Legion Hunstanton branch will be holding a number of events to mark the centenary of the First World War.