Chatteris Poppy Appeal to lose £4,000 after supermarket pulls out of town

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S43671h12 SH POPPY APPEAL PIC S.G. 19.10.2012''Shoreham Royal British Poppy Appeal President Collecting tins SUS-141011-132124001

Veterans in Chatteris are asking for help to make up a £4,000 shortfall expected for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Chatteris Royal British Legion normally collects up to £4,000 with a stand in the town’s Co-op.

But with the closure of the supermarket, members are looking for new ways to make up the donations.

The branch has organised VE Day celebrations to raise money. Afternoon tea will be served in the Conservative Club from 2pm to 4pm on May 8. This will be followed with a party in the club at 7pm.

Branch chairman Norman Larke said: “The loss of the supermarket is a blow because we collect a huge amount of money to help former servicemen.

“This will reflect on the branch, although people will understand that donations will be down as there is no supermarket in Chatteris.”

The branch is also honouring the Chatteris men who died in the First World War.

The Every Man Remembered Campaign, which has been supported by the youth section, holds services at the war memorial on the anniversary of the soldier’s death.

The branch is now hoping to track down relatives for the following men: William Savage, 1st Suffolk, who died on May 8; Sir G H Farrar, DSO colonel SA forces, May 18; William Green, 1st Lancaster Fusiliers May 30; William Flatt, June 16; Christopher Green 2nd Suffolk, June 19: Herbert Mould, 2nd Suffolk, July 15; Harold Fletcher Bedfordshire Imp July 28. Contact Norman Larke on 01354 694375.