A SINGLE act of kindness almost half a century ago put pensioner Peter Lindsay on the path of collecting for the Poppy Appeal for the next 45 years.
Come rain or shine, the former soldier has been out on the streets of Shirley, rattling the tin to raise much-needed funds for the Royal British Legion.
Turning 80 next month, he’s now made the difficult decision to finish his fund raising - with his last collection due to take place tomorrow (Saturday).
Daughter Jayne Carpenter said the grandfather-of-five was “a genuinely lovely man, who deserved a bit of recognition”.
“Forty-five years ago he had just been demobbed from the Army and was an impoverished squaddie who didn’t have enough money to buy a poppy,” said Jayne.
“The poppy collector said he could have one anyway and told him to pay double the next year. That show of kindness was what inspired him to get involved himself.
“He’s always full of cheer and friendly with people, there’s one couple who save their 20ps every year and will only put them in his tin.”
Peter, of Hurdis Road, has in recent years collected at the town’s Sainsbury’s store and is also responsible for co-ordinating the British Legion volunteers who count the sum collected.