Name prominent Edinburgh street after fundraising legend Tom Gilzean

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The Edinburgh Evening News is asking readers to sign a petition to name a prominent city street after the late war veteran and fundraising hero Tom Gilzean.

Tom, who raised more than £1 million for Capital charities, died at veterans’ hospital Erskine House on November 4th, aged 99, following a series of small strokes. His family said he died still wanting to collect money for charity.

A lifelong charity supporter, in the 1920s and 1930s he would help out at the Royal Infirmary Parade along Princes Street and walked the length of the street collecting cash to help pay for hospitals and doctors long before the NHS.

He served in World War II as a Sapper in the army and landed in France in October 1944 as a member of 30 Armoured Corps Royal Engineers. During his time there he helped in the liberation of France and the Netherlands.

Tom later took to the streets of the Capital to stave off depression and began raising money for causes such as the Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity and the Erskine care home for veterans.

2015 saw him become the eighth recipient to be honoured with the coveted Edinburgh Award, following in the footsteps of the likes of Ian Rankin, JK Rowling and Sir Chris Hoy - but he was the first to be honoured for charity work and philanthropy.

In June this year he received an MBE for his services after raising more than £1 million for charity.

If you support the idea of creating a Tom Gilzean street somewhere prominent in Edinburgh then please sign our petition to show that the idea has widespread public backing.