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Poppy Appeal Success

£1530 has been donated to the Royal British Legion by the people who live in, work in and visit the Hethersett and Little Melton areas.   

The Poppy Appeal was last co-ordinated in these areas in 2006 when more money was raised.  However, in terms of the number of collecting boxes used by house to house collectors or at static collection points; there has been an increase this year in the average amount collected in each box. 

Mr Jerry Wright, of Poppyfields in Hethersett, co-ordinated the Poppy Appeal this year and will continue to do so in future years.  He responded to an appeal in the Norwich Evening News Local Life Supplement after the previous co-ordinator, Mrs Margaret Morrad, understandably decided to ‘hand on the baton’ after more than 20 years voluntary service to The Legion in the role. 

This year there was a small number of people who completed house to house collections.  Mr Wright aims to significantly increase the number for 2009 so that even more money is raised for The Legion.  In the summer of next year he will be putting up posters to raise awareness of the Poppy Appeal amongst the general public and to recruit more volunteers. 

Mr Wright said “Firstly, thank you very much to the house to house collectors and also to the businesses, organisations and schools who agreed that poppies and collecting boxes could be left with them.  Secondly, I hope that many people have been moved by the coverage given to the 90th anniversary of the end of the Great War.  More importantly, I hope many people will be prepared to volunteer a little of their time next year to complete a house to house collection in the area where they live”. 

If you would like to volunteer your services as a house to house collector; please call Mr Jerry Wright on 01603 810212 and he will take your contact details and re-contact you before the Poppy Appeal 2009.  He will be pleased to explain what the role is.