81-year-old collects four-figure sum for the Great Daffodil Appeal

Margaret Kite Great Daffodil Appeal 2014 collector
The rain didn't stop Margaret smiling

An 81-year-old collector raised more than £2,500 for the Great Daffodil Appeal last month. Margaret Kite of Kenilworth, Warwickshire did seven collections of around seven hours each – almost 49 hours in total. Margaret, who first collected for the appeal in 2013, said: “I enjoyed every minute of it. It was absolutely brilliant, and the people who donated were wonderful.” She admitted she was shocked by the amount she’d raised, and that she didn’t know how she’d managed to collect so much money. “I just stand there, hopefully look happy, and people come to me,” she said. “The time just whizzes by.” Her favourite thing about collecting “is having the satisfaction of knowing that I’m helping somebody. I’d rather be out collecting than go on holiday”. Cherida Plumb, Marie Curie’s Community Fundraiser for Coventry and Warwickshire, said: “Margaret’s absolutely amazing and I want to say a very big thank you to her. She’s always keen to help and is an absolute inspiration!” While Margaret will turn 82 this year, she has no plans to cut down her voluntary work. She wants to carry on collecting for as long as she can!