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Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

We have had a fantastic experience collecting in the Wisbech area this year. Our volunteers have been really impressed by the generosity of the people of Wisbech.

In one supermarket a young teenage girl stopped, put a £10 note in the box and took only a simple poppy. Her family, following behind, commented that it was her whole week’s pocket money.

A man, in his late 20’s, put £5 in the box, took no poppy, but leaned over and said: “Thanks for what you did for my grandad.”

People like that have raised our take from £28,000 last year to £41,500 this year. The figures speak for themselves – people are not 50% richer, but have been 50% more giving.

Thank you, Wisbech!

Jim Wharrier,

Poppy Appeal Organiser,

Wisbech area.

n A huge thank you to all the businesses who supported our appeal this year.

To Sainsbury, Lidl and Tesco for allowing our volunteers in-store; to our army of volunteer collectors, our street collectors who braved the cold, once again, and our house-to-house collectors; to the Band Concert Committee, Linda and Terry Stevens at March Braza Club, who helped us organise the Poppy Dance and to everyone who supported those events; to the staff at Lloyds Bank who help with the counting.

And last but not least to the people of March for their continued support and generosity.

With £22,522.86 raised to date we look set to exceed last year’s total of £22,889.59.

Kay and Alec Larham,

Poppy Appeal Organisers,

March Royal British Legion.

Lights praise

Our thanks to everyone involved with Wisbech’s Christmas lights switch-on – it was on course to be the best ever.

The Jimmy Cricket concert was a sell-out and brilliant entertainment. Unfortunately the Great British Weather beat us. A big thank you to all who braved the gales to support us.

We are now looking forward to a calm and dry day for our Christmas Fayre on Sunday. We hope to see you all there and at the Carol Service at 3pm in St Peter’s Church. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

David and Judy Hodgson,

Mayor and Mayoress of Wisbech.

n My sincere thanks to the companies, their managers and store champions who have supported the Wisbech Christmas Lights Extravaganza over the past four years by supplying free mince pies for the public during the event.

As an emissary of the Wisbech Town Mayor it has been my privilege to deliver the Mayor’s letter to superstores in Wisbech requesting their support – and six out of seven agreed to do so.

I will acknowledge them in order of quantity – Aldi, Co-op, Morrisons, Tesco, Iceland, Greggs Bakery, Asda.

It is very pleasing to know each of them continue to support this improving event – but also the importance of having the interest of their customers at heart at this time of year when it is always ‘better to give than to receive’.

Best wishes to all for a happy and safe Christmas.

‘Mince Pie Man’,

full details supplied.

Shoeboxes of kindness

The Oasis Christian Bookshop in Norfolk Street, Wisbech, thanks all churches and individuals who brought in shoeboxes filled with gifts and wrapped in Christmas paper.

Representatives from the Samaritan’s Purse charity collected 151 boxes from us and they were very pleased.

This year our shoeboxes are going to Northern Iraq to be given to Syrian refugee children in the camps there. They will be transported along with tents, blankets and other items to help in that situation.

So once again, thank you very much for your care and kindness.

Richard and Maggie Welford,

Oasis Christian Books,


Shop salutes

A big thank you to Gibbs Carpets of Wisbech/March for helping me to get a new floor. Although it was nothing to do with them Danny and his staff put themselves out until they had a result for me; a perfect new floor.

Gail McCourt,


n A very big thank you to Luke and his staff in the 02 Store in Wisbech. They were all very helpful when I needed advice and assistance regarding photos on my mobile phone.

Their service went above and beyond and they were such a happy crowd and didn’t make me feel old! I wish them all a well deserved Merry Christmas.

Mrs Brenda English,

via email.

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