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Poppy Appeal Record

A record amount was raised in Hethersett and Little Melton from this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. 

House to house and static collections in the Hethersett and Little Melton areas resulted in £2,410 being raised – a 15% increase on the 2009 figure of £2,105 and an even larger increase on the 2008 figure of £1,530. 

Local appeals organiser Jerry Wright from Hethersett said: “It is very pleasing indeed to see the amount donated this year increase by nearly 15% from last year at a time when everyone is affected by the overall financial downturn.  It shows that the Poppy Appeal is one of the best known and supported campaigns in the calendar and each year the nation shows its support for The Legion’s work by giving generously.” 

“On behalf of the serving and ex-serving Armed Forces personnel and their families who will receive help from The Legion; I would like to say a very big ‘thank you’.  Particular thanks goes to those people who volunteered their time to complete house to house collections and also to the businesses, schools, shops and other premises where poppies and collecting boxes were displayed,” Mr Wright added. 

The 2010 appeal had a focus on helping the Afghanistan generation of the Armed Forces and their families - today and for the rest of their lives.  The aim is to raise £36 million nationally from the appeal. The Royal British Legion has committed £25 million to the Personnel Recovery Centre; a facility being built to enhance the recovery of wounded, injured and sick service personnel.  The Legion spends over £200,000 a day on providing welfare and support for our Armed Forces. 

“The Royal British Legion will be 90 years old in 2011 and there is a goal to raise £90 million for the 90th year anniversary,” Mr Wright said adding that he was looking for more house to house collectors for 2011. He can be contacted on 01603 810212. 

“I will be very pleased to explain what the role involves and take contact details and re-contact people before the 2011 Poppy Appeal,” Jerry Wright added.