Hero helps Legion smash appeal record

Peter Lyon
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A new hero has come forward to help the Spalding Poppy Appeal smash all previous records and raise a staggering £30,703.

In November, the Guardian appealed on behalf of the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion to help members round off the sum raised during the appeal from £29,147 to £30,000.

As a result, a reader who wishes to remain anonymous contacted Peter Lyon, honorary organiser of the appeal.

Mr Lyon said: “It made my Christmas. Once in a lifetime a human being comes along and reacts like this just because they can.

“This person contacted us after seeing your article and asked ‘what do you need?’ to reach £30,000.

“At the time it was £853 and he wrote us a cheque. Since then other funds have come in to take the total to more than £30,703.

“It’s something never to be equalled and we cannot thank your newspapers (Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press) enough for the publicity you gave us during the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

“There has been so much goodness about and, as a result of everyone’s kindness, veterans and their families will get the support they need.”