Local heroes have helped this year’s Poppy Appeal in the Spalding area raise a staggering record sum of £29,147 – and we are asking readers to dig just a little deeper to round the figure off to £30,000
Peter Lyon, honorary organiser of the appeal for Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion, said he was delighted so many volunteers came forward to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
In September, Spalding’s 2014 Poppy Appeal plunged into crisis and there were fears thousands of pounds could be lost with no-one to deliver boxes of poppies and collecting cans to shops and businesses.
An appeal for help was published in the Spalding Guardian and we were able to report local heroes had come forward to save the day.
Mr Lyon said: “It gives me the greatest of pleasure and pride to congratulate Spalding, Weston, Weston Hills and Cowbit contributors to the Appeal on amalgamating £27,247.09 to date, with a further pledge of £1,900 yet to come.
“This year, I believe, would have provided a higher than usual total by virtue of it being the commemoration of the beginning of the First World War.
“However, the emergence of our ‘local heroes’ and the overall willingness of people to pitch in and help has supplied the appeal with a tremendous result in which everyone can be justifiably proud.
“Thank you one and all – you done good! Now I need to set a new target.”
Mr Lyon said as well as it being a high profile year with the 100th anniversary of the First World War, the Poppy Appeal merchandise had been especially popular this year.
He said: “I sold out on poppy pins four times and the children’s boxes with such items as wrist bands and friendship bracelets were particularly popular.
“We still have some items left – wouldn’t it be great if we could push the final total up to £30,000.”
If you would like any of the items still available for sale, call Mr Lyon on 01406 373669.