Long-time UNICEF supporter Margaret Laidlaw is to receive an MBE from the Queen in 2012 for her 24 years of fundraising work.
 
Margaret founded the UNICEF UK Dunbar group in East Lothian 24 years ago after seeing child poverty in Fiji in the 1980s. And she's not stopped fundraising since.

In 1995, her group raised over £9,000 by holding 22 events throughout the year. Her fundraising reflects her motto of 'little and often'.

She puts on regular events throughout the year - from a Burns Night supper in January to a sponsored walk in September, with coffee mornings, Scrabble evenings and collections in between.

Margaret is known as Mrs UNICEF in her local community as everyone knows her and the work she does for UNICEF.

Last year she won an Outstanding Achievement Award as part of our UK Groups Award Scheme.

"I had a few young people recently who said they didn’t think putting on a coffee morning to raise £60 was worthwhile doing," said Margaret. "But over the years we’ve raised £117,000".

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Margaret Laidlaw AKA 'Mrs UNICEF' will receive an MBE for her work for UNICEF © East Lothian News
Margaret Laidlaw AKA 'Mrs UNICEF' will receive an MBE for her work for UNICEF© East Lothian News