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Here are just some of our dedicated & loyal fundraisers – more to come next issue!

Reg Box – Still going strong at 94!

There’s no stopping this stage star! Reg Box has been raising funds for 17

years and has raised an incredible £118,500! The entertainer from Malvern has raised the fantastic amount by hosting bingo nights every Friday and performing at local care and rest homes. He even takes bookings for special occasions. Singing has always played a big part in Reg’s life. In 1940 at the age of 22 he sang alongside Vera Lynn whilst serving as a Bombardier in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War. Reg was awarded a long service award in 2011 and has since continued to perform in aid of MAA. What a star!

Kath Titley – There’s no stopping her!

Veteran fundraiser Kath Titley organised a recent coffee morning at her open house day, with homemade cakes and a raffl e. The day raised £1500 but that’s just the latest in her fundraising efforts which span back over two decades. The pensioner from Dorrington, near Shropshire, has worked tirelessly for MAA since it began in 1991. When Kath, 76, retired in 1988 from her job with British Telecom she began fundraising for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. Twenty one years later and not even poor health will stop her!

Despite battling cancer in 1995 and breaking her hip last summer, Kath insists; “It hasn’t stopped me, just slowed me down – I’m still collecting.” As well as her own fantastic efforts, veteran volunteer Kath told Take Off that it’s thanks to her husband Rex that they are able to do so much for the charity; “My husband has drove hundreds of miles for events and fundraising for Midlands Air Ambulance. He has been my chauffer since we married and has never complained once, well not out loud to me!” Rex is also actively involved with the couple’s fundraising events. Kath explains; “When we do car boot sales he will pack the car up then unload all the boxes and he sets up the tables for me too.”

Between them the couple have organised 16 annual jumble sales, countless coffee mornings, car boot sales and church concerts; “The most I think we have raised at one event is £800 in a village hall jumble sale.” says Kath. “Fundraising has given us an active social life in our retirement years, we go out for meals, go to dances and to other charity events. We have made a lot of friends through Midlands Air Ambulance and I like any excuse to wear a long gown and get dressed up.”

11 Ivy Stone – A royal star!

The sprightly 92 year old from Penkridge has been fundraising since she was just 12 years old. When MAA was formed in 1991, Ivy was already 71 and retired but that didn’t stop her taking the newly formed charity under her expert fundraising wing! Ivy who has 6 children, 12 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren has dedicated her life to helping local causes and has lost count of the amount she has

raised! This summer the fundraiser who has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds in donations was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list. Congratulations!

Allen Birch – “Ain’t no mountain high enough!”

Age is no barrier for one fundraiser! 93 year old Allen Birch walked up Mount Snowdon to raise money for MAA and it’s not the fi rst time the pensioner has climbed a mountain for charity! Walking is something of a hobby for Allen and this is his sixth walk in six years. After fundraising for many local charities, he chose to complete the walk again for MAA. He does not see his age as a remarkable part of what he does – he simply considers it a fun hobby, having done so many charity walks recently! Allen told Take Off; “I have raised a total of £20,000 over the years. I am getting older and slower, but I defi nitely plan to keep going.“ The former soldier in the Royal Engineers raised more than £3,000 by conquering the 3,560ft Welsh mountain. The 93-year-old great-grandfather only started his annual climb at the grand age of 86 and now trains for his fundraising efforts by walking 14 miles every Saturday. A very impressive feat!

Golden Oldies

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