The Cross Keys Hotel and George Clare Surgery have stepped in to help off-set a feared £3,500 shortfall in this year’s Poppy Appeal collection in Chatteris.
The town’s Poppy Appeal Committee used to have a stall at the Co-op supermarket – bringing in an extra £3,500 for the appeal.
But, following the closure of the store, Lynda Behagg, Chatteris’s Poppy Appeal organiser, was worried the lack of a supermarket during this year’s two-week collection would severely limit the amount raised.
Now the hotel and surgery have come forward to offer collectors a base to work from. Lynda said: “The hotel and doctors’ offer of warm and dry table space for the collection stalls is a welcome alternative that will hopefully reduce the predicted donation shortfall.”
Chatteris’s Poppy Appeal launch will be at 10am on Friday, October 16, at the Cross Keys Hotel.
A table will be manned during morning surgery at the George Clare Surgery, and the Cross Keys has offered a stand and window display.
Volunteers are needed to man the stalls and conduct door-to-door collections. If you are able to help, please contact Lynda on 01354 695257 or 07774 121545.
Lynda would like to make people aware of poppy products sold around the Remembrance period whose profits do not make their way to charity and exploit our nation’s generosity – a growing problem year on year.
The Poppy Appeal helps the Royal British Legion provide support to the armed forces community, past and present.
It currently costs over £1.5 million per week to help those most in need.