Tributes are paid to veteran volunteer who has passed away
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Since becoming a volunteer for the Gosport service committee in 1993, he raised over £20,000 for SSAFA. Within a year of volunteering, Norman was made Chairman of the Service Committee.
He completed his first trek in 2001 (just 6 years after having his artificial knees fitted) across one of the oldest deserts in the world, the Namib Desert and raised £5,000 for SSAFA. The fundraising and trek didn’t stop there and in 2002 he trekked 100 miles in Brazil. In 2003 Norman undertook the challenge of walking the length of the Thames from source of Thames to Thames Barrier. Norman was soon recognised for his achievements and was voted SSAFA Volunteer of the Year 2004/2005 and was presented with a certificate by HRH Prince Michael of Kent. He carried on his adventures and trekked Nepal in 2005 and raised over £5,000 and in the same year trekked Peru, again raising over £5,000.
His last walking challenge came in 2006 across the Great Wall of China with Queen Victoria’s Great Granddaughter and again raised £5,000 for SSAFA. His trekking days came to an end after a heart condition stopped him from climbing Kilimanjaro.
In 2013 Norman stepped down as Chairman of SSAFA and in 2014 he was again recognised for his work done for SSAFA, and was awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal). We thank him for his outstanding commitment to the charity and our thoughts and condolences are with his friends and family. Click here to find out more about the funeral.