Help for Heroes volunteer steps down after raising more than £110,000

Malcolm Garbutt has raised more than �100,000 for Help for Heroes  Picture
Malcolm Garbutt has raised more than �100,000 for Help for Heroes Picture
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A Help For Heroes fundraising champion has thanked supporters who helped him raise £110,000.

Pensioner Malcolm Garbutt, from Waterlooville, is this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner for his dedication to the forces charity.

Malcolm has received a thank you from Help For Heroes along with a certificate confirming the amount he raised was twice what he initially set out to achieve.

Four years ago Malcolm, 66, was moved by images of injured soldiers returning home from Afghanistan and decided to do something to help.

He began selling the charity’s merchandise from a stall in the Meridian Centre, Havant. He stepped down earlier this year after raising £110,336.99.

He says: ‘It means a lot to me to receive this certificate. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.

‘I’m disabled because of my crumbling spine and in the end I had to give up because I was in so much pain.

‘My wife and I have been invited to the recovery centre, Tedworth House, in Wiltshire, which will be a great honour.

‘I’d like to thank all the people who bought merchandise from the stall over the past four years. I simply couldn’t have done it without them.’

Along with the certificate Malcolm received a letter from Mark Elliott, the head of operations at Help for Heroes, praising his ‘extraordinary work’.