A veteran West Norfolk fundraiser says he has no plans to slow down yet after being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
David Foulkes, from Hunstanton, was awarded the British Empire Medal in the list, published last night, in recognition of his tireless charitable efforts.
The news of his award broke hours before his latest fundraising effort, a sponsored walk in his home town in aid of Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
Mr Foulkes said the award meant a lot to him, but had come as a shock.
He said: “When I first started fundraising, my aim was to help people worse off than myself and that’s been my aim ever since.”
Over the years, his efforts to help a host of good causes have seen Mr Foulkes, 74, dress up as characters from popular shows like Dad’s Army and even spend a day as a slave for the town’s lifeboat crew.
It is thought that he has already helped to raise at least £50,000 for a host of charities.
The lifeboat, Macmilan Cancer Support and the Royal British Legion are among the organisations he plans to support over the coming months.
And, despite his own health concerns, he said helping others was also helping him to enjoy a full and active life.
He said: “If I didn’t, I’d sit in the house and fade away.”
Among the wellwishers congratulating and supporting Mr Foulkes during today’s walk were the mayor of Hunstanton, James Johnston, and West Norfolk’s deputy mayor Carol Bower.
Mr Johnston said: “It’s absolutely fantastic, what he does, and nobody deserves that award more.”
Mrs Bower said she had worked closely with Mr Foulkes during her spells as Hunstanton’s mayor.
She said: “He’s tireless, absolutely tireless. Even when his health was bad, he was still planning his next event. He thoroughly deserves his award.”
Charity officials and royal staff are among the people from West Norfolk who were named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
John Crisford, the national chairman of the Royal British Legion who lives in Hunstanton, has been awarded a CBE for voluntary service to former servicemen and women.
Two members of staff on the Queen’s Sandringham estate have also been recognised.
They are assistant accountant Colin Ivor Garrard, who has been appointed as a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) and receptionist Marian Adela Plumley, who will receive the Royal Victorian Medal.