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Record-breaking year for Stalybridge and Dukinfield poppy appeal
Thursday 21st April 2016 @ 22:23 by Adam Higgins
Dukinfield News Stalybridge

The Stalybridge and Dukinfield branch of The Royal British Legion is celebrating a record-breaking fundraising year.

During the 2015 Annual Poppy Appeal, the branch has revealed it has raised an amazing £37,214.35 – the most ever.

“This is the most we have ever raised in our history,” said Peter Edwards, branch chairman.

“The people of Stalybridge and Dukinfield have really pulled out the stops this time, as they have always done in support of our armed forces.

“What was also surprising this year is that the local schools also increased their contributions to just under £8,000 – a staggering amount – with great support from the children, staff and parents.”

In addition to the standard poppy, the British Legion has produced a more appropriate line for schools which includes snap-on rulers, bracelets, and reflective poppies attached to school bags which have gone down very well.

“I really can’t thank enough everyone who donated to the Poppy Appeal,” said Peter. “Including the wonderful support we received from Tesco’s supermarket in Stalybridge, and Morrisons in Dukinfield, without whose help we would never have achieved what we have done.”

Frank Smith, branch treasurer, added: “What makes it even more remarkable is our members who are able to volunteer are getting fewer each year due to age or infirmity.

“We rely on members of the general public quite a lot now to help run the poppy stalls, not forgetting the ladies who spend all year knitting poppies to help raise money for the appeal.”

The Royal British Legion spends over £1 million a week helping both serving and ex-service personnel and their families during their time of need, from training courses to help them obtain employment, to welfare matters relating to health or social problems.

You don’t have to be ex-forces to become a member.

Anyone who supports the aims and objectives of The Royal British Legion are now able to join this special forces charity.