Tributes have been paid following the death of a charity champion who raised thousands of pounds for West Norfolk causes.
David Foulkes, 76, of Hunstanton, died on Tuesday at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
He had been a prolific fundraiser for more than 50 years, staging his first event, a bed push, in the 1960s.
The main charities he supported included the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and North Lynn-based forces charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
The father-of-four started fundraising for his town branch of the Royal British Legion in 1982 and was a staunch supporter of Scotty’s because it was a charity dedicated to helping children.
He also raised money for cancer patients, guide dogs for the blind and other West Norfolk causes.
Over the years, Mr Foulkes raised more than £50,000 from a variety of events.
He often dressed in Dad’s Army costumes for his fundraisers which included bike rides, walks, raffles, sales and even raised ‘bail’ money for a charity stunt at a Norfolk military museum when, dressed as Corporal Jones, he tried to make off with one of the vehicles.
In 2016, his fundraising and community dedication was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list when he was awarded a British Empire Medal.
At the time of receiving the honour he told Your Local Paper: “When I first started, I said I would raise money for people worse off than me.”
In tribute, West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower, who lives in Hunstanton, said: “The colour has gone from Hunstanton’s High Street. When I was mayor here I got to know David. He fundraised for more than 50 years. I think what he did with fundraising, he made it entertaining as well.
“I was thrilled when he got his British Empire Medal, I am glad he got that accolade as it showed we appreciated what he did.”
North West Norfolk MP, Sir Henry Bellingham said: “I had known David since the early 1980s when he approached me to help publicise one of his fundraising initiatives for the Royal British Legion. Since then he has been completely indefatigable, determined and inspirational. Indeed, over the years, he has raised very large sums of money for both veteran causes and for his local community in Hunstanton.
“A few years ago, David was awarded the BEM for exemplary fundraising. At the time, I said that ‘I do not believe I have come across a more deserving case’.
“He will be missed by very many people both in his own local community and further away. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family at this difficult time.”
Nikki Scott, founder of Scotty’s, said: “David has been nothing short of a phenomenal ambassador for Scotty’s. His determination and drive has seen him raise vital funds for the members of Scotty’s and we’re so proud to be a charity which he has taken to his heart.
“Over the years, he has taken part in a number of different fundraising challenges raising money for us and we can’t thank him enough for his dedication.”
John Crisford, chairman of the Hunstanton’s RBL branch, where Mr Foulkes was a member, also paid tribute.
He said: “David had a one-track mind – fundraising, fundraising, fundraising.
If I met him in the street he would ask me how I was then he would say: ‘I have this planned for this year’ about his fundraising.
“He enjoyed it and liked to meet people.”
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 1, at 10am at Mintlyn Crematorium.