Poppy Scotland Award

Mrs Gillespie (far left) alongside Poppyscotland President Sir Alistair Irwin and fellow 2015 President Award recipient Ann Robertson

A 94-year-old volunteer poppy seller has received a New Year honour.

Janet Gillespie was awarded a British Empire Medal after 64 years of fundraising for Poppyscotland.

She began selling poppies in 1952, and created a snowdrop garden to raise more funds for the charity.

Mrs Gillespie spent more than 60 years as the Scottish Poppy Appeal Area Organiser for Crossmichael and Parton in Dumfries and Galloway.

Poppyscotland’s Head of Fundraising Gordon Michie said:

“This is richly deserved recognition for one of our longest serving and most remarkable volunteers.  The Scottish Poppy Appeal simply couldn’t happen without the dedicated support of our army of volunteer collectors and Area Organisers. 

"Janet is an example to us all having dedicated much of her adult life to ensure those left disadvantaged by their Service receive the life-changing support they urgently need."

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