Poppy Appeal raises record total of over £28,000
new record total of more than £28,000 has been raised in
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge for the Royal British Legion during
the town's annual Poppy Appeal.
residents have dug deep to donate to the appeal and buy poppies
in recent weeks during a year when the country has been marking
the centenary of the First World War.
Poppy Appeal collectors, pictured, have this week thanked
all those who gave and supported the appeal.
Gaynor Brown said: "The total for this years appeal
has reached an astonishing £28,222.04. We were all in shock
when we totalled it up."
of this happens without a wonderful team working flat out for
six weeks and it cant happen without the wonderful army
of collectors who man the supermarkets for us either."
manned over 400 two-hour slots in the supermarkets and we sent
out 180 collection boxes to shops, schools and homes throughout
Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow, Brean and Highbridge."
top shop collector is usually GW Hurleys who make a tremendous
effort for us each year, however this year they were pipped at
the post by the Co-Op Funeral Care in Adam Street."
incredible collection shows how the size of the collection is
often due to the efforts of one member of staff in a shop. Sarah
at the Co-Op not only used the box we provided but organised an
army of knitters to make the lovely poppies that have been seen
so often in our High Street."
collectors who broke all records this year were Jane Fisher and
Val Flack and the tam who collected the most were Mike and June
who spent 4 hours a day in Asda."
added: "We have been totally overwhelmed by this years
response, especially the way the younger generation have taken
it onboard this year. The history of the two World Wars was restored
to the curriculum and the schools all marked the anniversary of
the start of WWI with events in the schools."
Andrew's School planted poppies in our field of remembrance, as
well as collecting a huge amount. The Army Cadet Force mounted
a master class in how to obstruct shoppers in both Asda and Tesco
and collected a fantastic £1,335.00."
addition to organising the appeal we have had to spend time reforming
the Royal British Legion's Burnham branch. Burnham-On-Sea.com
has been so helpful in covering this story. The latest is that
having been told by County that we needed 20 signatures of existing
members to re-open, we now have 50 existing members signed up,
in addition to 24 new members and there are still over 20 people
who have taken application forms intending to join."
are all on tenterhooks waiting to hear when the trust meeting
is that should give us back our building. The money to buy the
shop in Victoria Street was raised by the members of the Legion
and all the expenses since have been paid by funds raised in the
branch and through generous legacies left by local people."
have a new acting committee ready and willing to breath life back
into the branch and with plans for all sorts of new events, welfare
support groups and social life. All it needs is for county to
give the go ahead, hopefully sooner rather than later, so all
this enthusiasm can be used before it dissipates."
team would like to thank everyone who made both the record-breaking
total possible and also the very real possibility of giving Burnham
back its RBL. I wish to issue a personal thanks to the team who
came in day after day to help. I broke my shoulder two days before
we started so you can understand that absolutely none of this
would have been possible without them."