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Tribute to King's Lynn community man who had ‘huge will to help’



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A man who was awarded the British Empire Medal for his tireless contribution to the local community has died.

David Gifford immersed himself in a whole host of local causes including Lynn’s Lions Club, Talking Newspaper for the blind, the Rural Probus Club and Scouts.

Mr Gifford, of North Wootton passed away on Sunday, aged 76. His family said the cause of his sudden death is unknown.

His son John said his father was “a very driven person who had a huge will to try and help people”.

John Williams (left) hands over to David Gifford as Rural Probus president in 2010
John Williams (left) hands over to David Gifford as Rural Probus president in 2010

Having grown up in Bristol, David moved to the area after university, working at Campbell’s and Masterfoods before setting up a consulting services company, working with food standards.

He coordinated the Talking Newspaper for Lynn, in which local newspaper articles were recorded and distributed to blind people in the area to listen to, thereby keeping them up to date with happenings.

David also served as president for both the Lions Club and the Rural Probus Club.

John said his father was very active in promoting the Lions and taking collections for local causes.

King's Lynn Lions present £300 to the National Osteoporosis Society. David Gifford is pictured second from left at the front handing over the cheque
King's Lynn Lions present £300 to the National Osteoporosis Society. David Gifford is pictured second from left at the front handing over the cheque

He received his British Empire Medal in 2016 for his work, having been announced in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

The medal was presented to David by the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Richard Jewson.

“That was recognition of, not just a single event, but continued service to the community over the past 20 or 30 years. It was recognition of his lifetime work,” said John.

David Gifford with fellow Kings Lynn Lions members Mike Parsons and President at the time Mike Thompson
David Gifford with fellow Kings Lynn Lions members Mike Parsons and President at the time Mike Thompson

A father of two, David had been made an honorary leader of the local Scout group in recent years after offering his support and assistance.

His community work was undeterred by the fact he underwent a liver transplant 12 years ago.

Back row is David Gifford with David Giles to mark the launch of the Kings Lynn Lions street collection, in aid of the mayors chosen charity, Tapping House in September 2011
Back row is David Gifford with David Giles to mark the launch of the Kings Lynn Lions street collection, in aid of the mayors chosen charity, Tapping House in September 2011

“He got involved in a whole range of groups within the local community, just helping them out,” John added.

“With all the work he was doing with charities and within the community, he did not have much spare time because he was always doing something trying to help someone, and busy with some project or another.”

Kings Lynn Lions club launch their charity collection to raise money for the Borough Mayors Charity the Alzheimer's Society. LtoR - Mike Parsons, Mike Thompson Michael Pitcher, Peter Dixon and David Gifford
Kings Lynn Lions club launch their charity collection to raise money for the Borough Mayors Charity the Alzheimer's Society. LtoR - Mike Parsons, Mike Thompson Michael Pitcher, Peter Dixon and David Gifford

His funeral will take place on Friday, February 15.



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