Poppy appeal brings in amazing £38,000

Published on: 26 Nov 2013

ORGANISERS from Staple Hill Royal British Legion say they hope this year’s Poppy Appeal will raise an incredible £38,000.

Collection boxes are still coming in so no final figure has been reached but the legion says they are overwhelmed by people’s generosity. 

Money from collection tins at Sainsbury’s Emersons Green alone has totalled a fantastic £15,895.

Ann Bragg, Poppy Appeal honorary organiser at Staple Hill RBL, said: “We hoped to reach £38,000 and anything on top is a bonus. 

 “People have been extremely generous. We have been overwhelmed by the amount of notes that have been in the collection boxes this year.

“I would like to say a great big thank you to everybody who has contributed and also to the collectors and the people who count the money because they give up so much time and work so hard for such a good cause.”

Ann, 70, also paid tribute to Jeanette Ware, chair of the women’s section at Staple Hill RBL, who organises collections at Sainsbury’s Emersons Green.

“Jeanette has 20 collectors who collect for her year after year. She has got it down to a fine art and works incredibly hard. She’s been phenomenal, she really has.”

Ann explained why the annual Poppy Appeal touches so many people.

“There’s something about the poppy. You don’t have to ask people for money – they just come up to you. 

“There have been so many conflicts since World War One where our troops have gone out and fought for our country for the life we lead today and people recognise that sacrifice so the Poppy Appeal is a cause that is close to people’s hearts.

Ann said she has been impressed with the number of young people paying tribute to fallen servicemen and women.

She said: “Children are studying World War Two in history at school so they are being brought up to appreciate just what their ancestors did for this country.”

The 2013 appeal was launched in Fountain Square on October 25.

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