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Poppy Appeal Drop

The 2012 Poppy Appeal house to house and static point collections in Hethersett and Little Melton raised £2360 – a decrease on the previous two years.

Local organiser Jerry Wright said the decrease had bucked the trend of previous years which had seen increases.

“I have mixed views in relation to the amount given to the Poppy Appeal this year within the Hethersett District.  This is the fifth year that I have co-ordinated the appeal and over the previous four years there has been a year on year increase in the amount of money collected.  This year there has been a decrease of about 7.5% from the amount of money collected last year against a national target to have an increase of 2%,” Mr Wright said. 

He expressed his gratitude, however, to all those who had made donations: “Although there has been a decrease in the amount of money collected this year; it is very important to recognise and say ‘Thank You’ to all 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 collection boxes were displayed.  I plan to engage with some of the community groups in Hethersett in the middle part of 2013 with the aim of increasing the number of people involved in the Poppy Appeal next year and so therefore hopefully increasing the amount of money collected”. 

Last year’s collection amounted to £2550 and in 2010 £2410 was collected. 

“To enable the Royal British Legion to continue to provide immediate support and life-long care to Armed Forces families in need; a target of £42 million has been set for the 2012 Poppy Appeal which is £2 million more than last year’s record amount of £40 million. The Poppy Appeal makes it possible for the Royal British Legion to help Armed Forces families with £1.7 million every week in direct welfare support.  Help is given to every age group and generation – providing life long care to those who have served today and for the rest of their lives,” Mr Wright added. 

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help in 2013 can contact Mr Wright on 01603 810212.