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Meet the 99-year-old charity volunteer, war veteran and cancer survivor still going strong

He might be aged 99, but long-serving charity volunteer David Flucker has no intention of slowing down any time soon.

The inspirational volunteer travels for around three hours every day to volunteer at St Columba’s Hospice charity shop in Edinburgh.

David believes that hard work was the secret to his longevity.

He said: “If they ever closed the shop, I don’t know what I would do – I couldn’t just sit in the house doing nothing.

“I will try my best to live as long as I can, and will only stop working at the charity shop when I collapse.”

The shop’s manager, Hazel Harris, describes David as an “incredible” man.

Meet the 99-year-old charity volunteer, war veteran and cancer survivor still going strong

Hazel (35) said: “He does all the steaming of the clothes for me, and the window displays and repairs things.

“It’s surprising how agile he is; nobody believes that he is 99.

“David has so much energy and confidence. I couldn’t do my job without him.”

In 2010, David lost his wife Mary at the age of 82 to diabetes; a few years later, David was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was cared for by St Columba’s Hospice.

He met Mary in Rankins fruit shop in Edinburgh. The couple lived and worked in Australia and South Africa before returning to Edinburgh, when Mary started to feel homesick.

David is a veteran of the Burma War, having fought in Myanmar.

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