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Olive Cooke pictured in 2013 with just some of the junk mail she had been sent by charities. See SWNS story SWPOPPY; The grandson of Britain’s oldest poppy seller who tragically died after being hounded by charities demanding cash said it isn’t “right” they were able to “milk” her. Treasured Olive Cooke started selling poppies in 1938 when she was just 16 after her father served in Gallipoli during WWI. She vowed to continue after the death of her first husband Leslie in action during World War II when she was just 21. Come rain or shine, the great-grandmother dedicated almost eight decades to raising thousands of pounds, selling an estimated 30,000 poppies in 76 years.

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