Plans for the first Love Kingston Day are taking shape with only a few weeks to go before the fundraiser.

This Valentine’s Day will see the first dedicated day of action by Love Kingston, the charity appeal supporting community organisations.

The appeal needs to raise £193,052 by March this year in order to meet a Government match-funding target.

Borough leaders, including town centre manager Ros Morgan and university vice-chancellor Julius Weinberg, met this week to get behind the appeal.

One person backing the initiative is Surbiton resident Nancy Vlasto, 86, who will be hitting the streets on her mobility scooter this February 14, dressed as Blossom the pantomime horse.

Miss Vlasto and Blossom have raised money for several good causes over many years, including the Kingston Can Appeal which helped raise money to build Kingston Hospital’s cancer ward, and was backed by the Surrey Comet’s sister paper the Kingston Guardian. She estimates she has raised about £125,000 for charity, and has been nominated by Kingston Volunteer Bureau for a lifetime achievement award.

She said: “It is ridiculous what I do. I just travel around slowly and when I see people gathering I make my way towards them. I am able to get around whereas other people are not always able to.”

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