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Fundraising warrior Emelie Willis, aged just two-and-a-half, braved the cold last Thursday morning to hand over more than £1,000 she raised for this year’s Poppy Appeal.
She presented a cheque for £1,104.96 to Richard Cameron, Campbeltown’s area convenor for Poppyscotland, at Campbeltown War Memorial.
The tot raised the money through her very own ‘soldier walk’. Accompanied by her parents Chelsea and John and little brother George, she walked from her Campbeltown home to the war memorial, where she completed some laps of the monument with friends who’d turned out to support her.
She carried out the challenge to help soldiers like her uncle, Highland Fusilier Lance Corporal Stuart Willis, who was recently deployed to Afghanistan, and her grandfather, Jackie Willis, of the Royal Irish Rangers, who died in April.
Before the cheque presentation, Richard presented Emelie with her own mini Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders pin, and Northern Irish medal in honour of Jackie’s service.
Afterwards, the tot thanked Richard and said to him: ‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.’
Richard thanked Emelie for her contribution and added that, although the final amount is yet to be revealed, this year’s Poppy Appeal has raised more funds than ever before.
Emelie is already thinking about how she can help boost the Poppy Appeal’s funds next year.