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By mac
“Oor Wullie Bucket Trail” modelled this one on a local character, Tom Gilzean whom I posted a picture off last year (V1).

As a raft of Scots are recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, fundraising legend Tom Gilzean has received an MBE for his services to charity after raising more than £1 million.
The indefatigable war veteran and former bus driver, now 99 years old, has become a prominent and loved figure on Princes Street sporting his tartan trews and numerous medals he’s received over a lifetime of services during war and peace. “I’m very humbled to accept such an award” Tom said. “I never in the world would have expected to raise a million pounds. Very humbled.” The proceeds of Tom’s fundraising over 24 years has gone to such causes as the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and the Erskine care home for veterans. After suffering a fall in his Prestonfield home last year he has been in care at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary. Despite being unable to maintain his routine of seven days fundraising a week, Tom has continued from the hospital foyer, bringing in over £2000 this year alone. Now back out on Princes Street collecting again.

Tags: Photo journalism Charity Edinburgh Old soldier oor wullie

Voters: Tooma, banehawi, AlfieK and 17 more


Tooma Plus
3 1.9k 2 Scotland
14 Jul 2019 12:47AM
Great character and narrative, Ian. Not missing an opportunity here, lol.

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14 Jul 2019 6:20AM
Fantastic story behind this image Ian. A great character indeed. Nice work.
cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 29 Northern Ireland
14 Jul 2019 8:43AM
Should be given a knighthood 😁
14 Jul 2019 8:44AM
Two great shots and a fine story!

14 Jul 2019 8:53AM
great set

dudler Plus
16 973 1535 England
14 Jul 2019 9:52AM
The story behind the pictures - thank you, Ian.
14 Jul 2019 12:37PM
Some story and some picture! David
Super work, great story GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
14 Jul 2019 10:52PM
Wonderful story - wonderful images. Joyful! SmileSmileSmile
bliba Plus
13 2 Austria
15 Jul 2019 2:44PM
very well captured Wink

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