Oldest fundraiser dies at 97

One of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Charity’s oldest fundraisers, Brian Garrad, has died at the age of 97.

Mr Garrad, from Coltishall, raised almost £4,000 during the first lockdown, becoming Norfolk’s own version of Captain Tom Moore walking round his garden.

He came up with the idea to mark VE Day after his planned trip to celebrate at Buckingham Palace was cancelled.

Brian, pictured here with his granddaughter, Liz, and during his days in the army, set off to cover 10 miles in a month – 70 laps of his garden – but despite having COPD, he did more laps than planned and took part in a mini-parade with his family.

The Hospital Charity Fundraising Team said: “We were deeply saddened to hear that Mr Garrad had passed away. He was a true inspiration to us all and we have such lovely memories of his fundraising efforts and his fantastic VE Day celebrations at home. The money he raised is making a huge difference to our hospital and our thoughts are with all his family and friends.”

During the second world war he served with the 120th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment – an air defence unit of the British Army’s Royal Artillery – and spent the majority of that time in France, often driving ammunition to the frontline.

His daughter, Ruth Dockerty, said: “He was an amazing dad, always looking for a new adventure. He had so many interests including London buses – he ended up owning one – steam trains, gardening, music and Norwich City Football Club. His happiest days were spent at the beach, particularly Walcott.

 “He lived for his family and, even though he had many tragedies in his life, he always kept us positive and his faith in the church saw him through.”

 “We’d like to thank all the nurses and doctors on Dilham Ward who were fabulous to him and us, and David and Lorna from the palliative care team who kept his spirits going by trying to get him home.”

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