Norwich man receives royal honour after raising more than £350,000
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A British serviceman has received a royal honour after raising more than £350,000 for charity.
Herbert Slaughter, 75, from Mulbarton, has been raising money for the Royal Artillery Association (RAA) since he left the Army 34 years ago.
He set out to continue fundraising work he had started in the Army and is still going strong today, managing to raise around £30,000 every year through a wide-range of appeals and events.
He has now been presented with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his service to RAA and the community. It was presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk Richard Jewson at Great Hospital, Bishopgate.
Mr Slaughter, who has been involved with the Army for 60 years, said: 'I received an award for something I enjoy doing. Whether people think I have done enough is another story but I enjoy doing what I do even if I didn't raise any money.
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'I'm the secretary of Norwich RAA branch but unfortunately the chairman is very ill and I have picked up his work and now lead the group.
'I didn't want it to fold as we are two years short of the RAA Norwich centenary. I do the charity work anywhere I can. I'm standing in stores from 9am-5pm.'
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The RAA has a national conference in May annually. For the past 10 years the Norwich branch and Mr Slaughter have won awards for the most amount of money raised.
Nothing will stop Mr Slaughter from fundraising and he is at Sprowston Tesco all week to continue raising money.
Although he was diagnosed with an insulin deficiency he does not let it get in his way.
He added: 'I have my injections for my insulin and carry on.
'I go to the Norwich Diamonds Boxing Club to volunteer and at the Norwich Prison walk-in centre for Norwich Veterans.
'I also oversee seven RAA branches in East Anglia.'
Lt Col Tim Cole works with Mr Slaughter. He said: '[Working with Mr Slaughter] has been excellent. I'm very lucky to have two very good branch managers.'
Every year the RAA helps more than 1,700 veterans, soldiers and family's of the Royal Artillery.
Supporting their wellfare however possible.
For more information go to http://www.theraa.co.uk