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Poppy Appeal launches in Fenland

Royal British Legion Riders rev up Poppy Appeal in Chatteris
Royal British Legion Riders rev up Poppy Appeal in Chatteris

People across Fenland are being urged to give generously as veterans and supporters launch this year’s Poppy Appeal.

The Chatteris branch of the Royal British Legion’s appeal got off to a full throttle start.

Members of the Royal British Legion Riders’ Branch supported the event at Cross Keys Hotel on October 16, when £123 was raised.

Last year the branch raised £8,000 but fears a £4,000 shortfall on the 2015 collection following the closure of the town’s Co-op store.

But members are hoping to counteract this with house- to-house collections thanks to more volunteers stepping forward.

And its two collection stands will be set up at the Cross Keys Hotel and George Clare Surgery for the first time.

Poppy Appeal organiser Lynda Behagg said: “It would be a great help to us if people bought their poppies in Chatteris rather than the out of town supermarkets. We have 50 collection boxes around the town.”

The March branch of the Royal British Legion launched its collections in the town’s Sainsbury’s supermarket on Saturday.

Last year the town raised £22,659.04 and is hoping to beat that this year.

Volunteers will be fundraising in the town’s Sainsbury’s store for the next two weeks plus there will be collections in Lidl tomorrow.

Kay Larham, who organises the appeal with her husband Alec, said: “We get enormous support from the people of March and long may it continue as the Legion not only supports servicemen but their families as well. More and more people are coming forward for help since the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

The Wisbech branch has also kicked off its appeal during the last weekend and is hoping to match the £30,000 raised last year.

Volunteers will be manning collection stands in Morrison’s, B&Q and Aldi. Plus collections will be held in Tesco and Asda.

If you can help contact Jim Wharrier on 01945 583750.

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