Praise for Graham

Jubilee celebration Social Centre, Westfield Lane, South Elmsall.-Ray Hardy, Graham Lawrence, Ted Barton & Iris Heeley from the Royal British Legion put on a brave face with everything washed out.
Jubilee celebration Social Centre, Westfield Lane, South Elmsall.-Ray Hardy, Graham Lawrence, Ted Barton & Iris Heeley from the Royal British Legion put on a brave face with everything washed out.
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A man who has organised Royal British Legion (RBL) fundraising events in South Elmsall for 12 years has been nominated for the Express 100 Faces campaign.

Graham Lawrance, 72, of Minsthorpe Lane, South Elmsall, became secretary of the town’s RBL branch in 2002, and has been helped organise the annual Poppy Appeal, which will be launched at the town’s library on Saturday.

Mr Lawrance said: “I don’t see the work I do as going the extra mile, I see it as a job with a set purpose. My purpose is to see that everyone involved gets what they need, and the way to do this is to work hard and be dedicated.

“I would never look to be acknowledged for this work, so the nomination comes as a complete surprise. I enjoy getting things together though so the appeals are a success.”

Mr Lawrance, who served in the army for 22 years, was nominated by Hemsworth councillor Sandra Pickin, who is Wakefield Council’s Armed Forces Champion.

She said: “I nominated Graham because it is the stellar work of people like him that makes the appeals such a success. He goes out of his way to make everything run as smoothly as possible. He is extremely good at his job and on top of all that a gentleman, so I’d be delighted to see him get some recognition.”