1525. Vera Parnaby
Vera Parnaby, aged 81, from County Durham, has this year surpassed the £1million fundraising mark for the Royal British Legion poppy appeal.
Known as “Mrs Poppy”, Vera has sold poppies every year since the age of six in honour of her father who was killed during the Second World War, marshalling an army of local volunteers each autumn to manage collections in County Durham.
Vera was presented with her award in person from her local MP Richard Holden (pictured).
In a personal letter to Vera, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“Congratulations on raising a staggering £1 million for the Royal British Legion through the Poppy Appeal.
“I know that remembrance has a particularly special meaning for you having lost your own father during World War Two. The time you have dedicated every year for the last 75 years is a touching tribute to your father’s brave service and the service of all of our Armed Forces.”
“It’s really wonderful to be recognised like this by our Prime Minister. For me though the important thing really is remembering those who gave their lives, so we have a free country like we do today.”