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Harold Hill volunteer raises £10k for Romford BHF in her collection bucket

PUBLISHED: 11:00 28 March 2018

British Heart Foundation collector Kim Gapie has collected £10k for the charity and pictured with store manager Spencer Levitan

British Heart Foundation collector Kim Gapie has collected £10k for the charity and pictured with store manager Spencer Levitan

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A volunteer from Harold Hill has raised nearly £10,000 for the British Heart Foundation by standing outside the shop in Romford with her bucket, come wind, rain or shine.

British Heart Foundation collector Kim Gapie has collected £10k for the charityBritish Heart Foundation collector Kim Gapie has collected £10k for the charity

Kim Gapie, 58, of Bards Court has been a volunteer at the shop in South Street for nine years, but for the last year and half she has stood outside the shop three days a week asking members of the public for donations.

Since April last year Kim has raised £4,055 and since she took over the role in 2015 BHF told the Recorder she has raised just under £10,000.

Kim said: “The people have been so kind to me.

“They just seem to really like me, and everyone is so proud of me for raising all this money.

“I have people coming up to me and donating £5 and £10 at a time, and it is great.

“I go and stand outside with my bucket no matter what the weather, if it rains I’ve got an umbrella.

“I wanted to go out in the snow last week but Spencer (shop manager) said that it was too cold and he thought it was best that I helped out in the shop.

“All the money is going to a really good charity, and I am just happy that I can help others.”

Kim said that whenever she finds money, be it a 2p, 5p or a £10 note she adds it to her bucket because she knows that every penny counts.

Spencer Levitan, shop manager at the BHF Romford Shop said: “It is an absolute honour to have Kim working for us in the BHF Romford shop.

“Kim epitomises everything we are looking for in our volunteers. She is passionate, hard-working and approachable.

“She has raised nearly £10,000 for the BHF just by collecting donations outside our shop come rain, wind or shine.

“She has shown huge commitment and is very personable with people, not to mention her incredible help in raising these vital funds will go towards BHF’s life saving research into fighting one of the UK’s single biggest killers - coronary heart disease.”


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