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Kilwinning Community Christmas Appeal

2224. Michael Kirkum

Michael Kirkum, from North Ayrshire, is a community fundraiser who is this year running his 11th Christmas gift appeal for his local hospital and other children’s groups.

For the last 10 years, Michael has run his campaign to help support local children, particularly those spending Christmas in hospital, and for them to have something to open at Christmas. Working with local businesses to help secure donations, Michael coordinates local collection points for people to drop off items for young children, including selection boxes, books, board games and soft toys to hand over to the local Crosshouse hospital and other children’s groups. This year has seen Michael reach the milestone of giving over 20,000 gifts to children. 

Michael also runs Easter appeals, completing his 12th Easter Egg appeal earlier this year, and has raised thousands for charity over the last 30 years through his marathon running challenges.

In a personal letter to Michael, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: 

“I was inspired to hear that you reached the milestone of giving over 20,000 gifts to children spending Christmas in hospital, and to other children’s groups in your area. What a remarkable achievement – particularly as it comes after your 12th Easter Egg appeal in April last year, where you were able to donate your 10,000th Easter Egg.

“These numbers tell a story of tremendous compassion and dedication, sustained over many years – and incredibly your achievements don’t stop there. You have also raised thousands of pounds for your local community and for charities through your fun runs and marathons.”

Michael said:

“I’m deeply humbled to receive this award. Thank you to all those that donate and make this possible.”

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