Wally & Celia Monck

For Extraordinary Ongoing Support of Help for Heroes

Wally Cotgrave did his National Service with the Royal Tank Regiment and became involved with military charities in 2009 when he joined Andrew Gormley’s ‘One and Another’ art installation in Trafalgar Square and urged people to join Help for Heroes in the work that needed to be done. Busking was Celia’s idea and she encouraged Wally to sing in public accompanied by her keyboard music.

The couple have now been fundraising in Sidmouth in Devon for 6 years and regularly take a slot in the Market Square to sing anything from Boyzone to music hall favourites. They have become a local landmark – so much so that Wally became Sidmouth’s Citizen of the Year in 2013. Through busking and also collection tins in local businesses this wonderful couple have raised over £40,000.