Sally Coot honoured for services to charity
Sally Coot has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to fundraising and to the community in Constantine. The 70-year-old, who has lived in the village all her life, said she was delighted and amazed to be recognised.
“I was very surprised,” said the mother of three. “When I got the letter, I couldn’t believe it. I thought they must have made a mistake. When I read further down and I realised it was for me, my legs went like jelly.”
Since 1979 she has been a fundraiser for the Constantine Silver Band and is a member of the band’s social committee. Here she helped to raise funds in the early years. Since 1994 she has been a volunteer at the Constantine Save the Children charity shop and since 2007 has been volunteer shop manager. Two years ago she received the news that its premises would soon be no longer available and tirelessly fundraised for it to be moved to new premises to save the branch.
Since 1996 she has been a keen supporter and helper at the local heritage centre and museum, and helped to design, construct and man the museum float for the village carnival on three occasions, once winning best overall float. She regularly fundraises for the museum and assists on a number of school-based projects there. Since 2000 she also has been a regular fundraiser for the Royal British Legion, assisting with the Poppy Appeal, parades and rallies.
Since 2005 she has been founder member and organiser of the One and All Club for elderly people, which provides monthly meetings with entertainment and coach trips for members during the summer.
And the grandmother of six has no plans of taking a step back from her fundraising work anytime soon. “It all started with the band but people come to me every time they need to raise money for something,” she said. “I don’t want to stop. I will carry on for as long as I can.”