THE TIRELESS charity work of Margaret Kite has seen her presented with the Rotary Club of Warwick’s annual Meritorious Service Award.
Margaret is a familiar face to many and can regularly be seen at stores in Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth collecting for charities including Myton Hospice, Marie Curie and the Teenage Cancer Trust among others.
She may now be 87 but Margaret has no intention of slowing down. She still goes out three or four days a week collecting from 9 to 5. Margaret says she enjoys every minute of it and loves meeting so many people.
Last year she was out collecting for Myton Hospices on 93 occasions, raising £25,000 for the Warwick-based charity alone.
And she collected £6,700 at Sainsbury’s for the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal during a 12 day stint.
Margaret’s efforts were also recognised when she was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2016 Honours list.
Louise Careless from Myton Hospice said Margaret’s contribution to the charity over the years had been amazing and this year she had even been equipped with a card reader.
On her last birthday Myton gave her a book of photos of her work over the year, and in association with Guide Dogs, a dog called Kite is now in training.
Rotary president David Brain expressed admiration for her tireless work raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes and presented Margaret with a framed certificate and two cheques totalling £200 – which being Margaret she plans to divide between Myton Hospice and Marie Curie.