Surprise visit to present award to Poppy Appeal collector in Wellingborough

Michelle Gamble receiving her award from Ian Nunney of Wellingborough RBL and Wellingborough mayor Malcolm Waters
Michelle Gamble receiving her award from Ian Nunney of Wellingborough RBL and Wellingborough mayor Malcolm Waters
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A woman received a surprise visit when she was presented with an award in recognition of her work collecting for the Poppy Appeal.

Michelle Gamble was working on the check-out at Morrisons in Wellingborough when two people came over to see her, although they were not looking to make any purchases.

Chairman of Wellingborough’s Royal British Legion branch Ian Nunney and Wellingborough mayor Malcolm Waters were there to present Michelle with an award for five years of continuous service as a collector for the Poppy Appeal.

Michelle knew she had been nominated several weeks ago, but only found out she had won when Mr Nunney and Cllr Waters arrived.

She said: “I am really proud of getting my award, I feel appreciated.”

Michelle was given a framed certificate and a letter thanking her for her support and commitment.

And she doesn’t plan to stop helping with the appeal anytime soon.

She added: “I want to do it every year to help the good cause.”

Michelle’s support and contribution has helped make it another successful year for Wellingborough’s Poppy Appeal.

Mr Nunney said: “We have managed to raise around £54,000 so far.

“We organise events throughout the year.”

When asked about the secret behind the branch’s ongoing success, Mr Nunney said: “It’s because of the positive attitude of our members and we think outside the box, we have got members in France, America and Japan.”

Armed Forces Day will be marked in Wellingborough on June 25, with events taking place in the town centre during the day.

The day will include a march past the Hind Hotel in Sheep Street at 1pm.

The Royal British Legion provides life-long support for the Armed Forces community, including welfare support.

For more information about the Poppy Appeal and the Legion click here