IN LESS than two years champion fundraiser Malcolm Garbutt has raised almost £40,000 for injured servicemen and woman.
And now the disabled 64-year-old, from Hayling, has been nominated by Help for Heroes for all the hard work he has done for them.
Mr Garbutt, of Seafront, pitches a stall selling the charity’s merchandise in the Meridian Centre, Havant, three times a week, despite suffering from serious spinal problems which can be debilitating.
He was delighted to discover the charity’s customer services team had nominated him for an award for the annual Help for Heroes awards at Tedworh House, in Tidworth, Wiltshire, in October.
He said: ‘I could not believe it. I’ve never been nominated for an award before in my life.
‘I’m badly disabled, I don’t look it, but my back is. I can’t imagine what it feels like to be shot at and injured. How can anyone know how it feels to constantly look over your shoulder and watch out for bombs?
‘I don’t. But rather than sit at home feeling sorry for myself I’ve decided to do something.’
With the help of staff at the Meridian Centre Mr Garbutt sets up his stall on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. His total so far is £37, 219.
Vicki Johnson, a spokeswoman for the charity, said: ‘I am delighted to confirm that Malcolm has been nominated for a Heroes Award.
‘Malcolm has been nominated for his passionate support and fundraising for Help for Heroes. Since 2010 Malcolm spends about 24 hours every week at the Meridian Centre.
‘A disabled ex-firefighter, Malcolm is extremely grateful to the Meridian Centre which provides the free stall and to the staff who always help him carry in his stock and help him set up. Malcolm orders between £100 and £600 of stock from Help for Heroes every week and also goes out of his way to help supporters, often helping them return their merchandise at his own expense.
‘Malcolm was nominated by the Help for Heroes customer services team, not only for his fundraising, but also for being such a lovely and helpful customer.’