Joyce Foxall



Joyce Foxhall collected by Mark Garnier MP and Mayor Ruth Bishop, centre Helen Smith of BenendenJoyce, of Kidderminster, has volunteered in various roles all of her working life, despite being in full time employment and looking after her mother for 13 years. She enlisted in the Woman’s Royal Naval Service in 1942, at the tender age of 19, and served as an air raid warden in London from 1941-1943. It was whilst she was on duty that she received the news that her own family home had been blasted by a bomb, resulting in it being uninhabitable. Joyce has volunteered for the local community in a number of ways, including helping to run the Kidderminster Hospital coffee shop every Friday morning for a number of years in the 1980s.

Joyce belongs to her local Evangelical Church, where she has helped as a verger for over 14 years, and has been involved in a number of church activities supporting overseas missionaries, relief and development work in the Third World, as well as at Birmingham City Mission.

Joyce never misses the opportunity to pay her respects to ex-service personnel she knows, and attends services and funerals in full medals and regalia. However, her biggest commitment and achievement has been her relentless collecting for the Poppy Appeal for the Royal British Legion, where she has been ever-present consecutively for a staggering 61 years. When Joyce retired, she found she had a lot of spare time. She put this to good use, by helping to run a retirement home on a voluntary basis, as well as assisting with the Kidderminster Age Concern group.

Nominated by Peter Dunn