2018 poppy appeal raises record £32,000

THE Poppy Appeal organised by the Stalybridge and Dukinfield branch of the Royal British Legion raised a record £32,000.

And the figure, which is 10 per cent more than the 2017 total, could be even higher as there is still some money to collect.

Poppy Appeal organiser Peter Edwards pointed out the two biggest sums were £12,000 collected at Tesco and £9,000 at Morrison’s.

He said: “The 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War made a big impact on everyone’s attitudes as the sum raised was about £3,000 more.

“It was a great effort as a number of pubs, where traditionally we collected, have closed.

“But when you look at the figures from schools, that paid dividends for a lot of effort we put into working with them.

“It is also great to have younger people involved.

“The money we raised was down to the generosity of the public, something we are very proud of.

“There are also a lot of other military charities but we do the bricks and mortar and are here 24/7 and 365 days a year.”

Mr Edwards added support for the Remembrance Sunday parade and service in Stalybridge has increased dramatically.

He said: “I have been involved since the early 1980s before the Falklands War when we used to get 50-60 people at best.

“Since then it has grown and we must have had several thousand people at this year’s event.”

The local branch continues to work on its bid to extend the Stalybridge War Memorial to add 300 missing names.

They have collected more than £20,000 towards the £120,000 costs with the hope to secure grants to cover the bulk of the cost.

Mr Edwards explained the scale of the sacrifice was staggering for a small community of around 25,000 to lose 1,000 men in WWI.

He added it is great WWI is part of the curriculum in schools and children put a personal face on it by researching the history of local men who perished in the conflict.

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