The Royal British Legion has thanked the people of Stamford and beyond for helping to raise £45,000 in last year’s Poppy Appeal.
Supermarkets, schools, clubs, pubs and businesses all sold poppies and collected donations for the Legion from October 26 to November 7.
When all the money was counted a total of £39,000 was reached, and an extra £6,000 was added by the Peterborough 5x5 Cycle Challenge Club during the year.
A Poppy Party was held at Borderville Sports Centre in Stamford last month, where Legion chairman for Lincolnshire Tony Goodwin was joined by a number of special guests to say thank you to those that helped the appeal.
A number of awards were given out to those who had made a particular difference. Both the oldest and youngest volunteers, Cliff Shepherd and Teagan Broughton at 102 and 10 respectively, were honoured for five years’ serice.
Awards were given to Elaine Ward and Jane Pape for 35 years of service; Derek Burton for 25 years; Jim Fay for 20 years; Shaun Arthur, Rob Carratt and Keith Langley for 15 years; Gordon Williams and John Garfield for 10 years; and 14 more people for five years.
Those who collected were given special praise. Huge totals were raised by Stamford supermarkets, with Morrisons collecting more than £10,000 and Waitrose and Sainsbury’s each collecting more than £6,000.
Certificates were handed out to those who had raised more than £100.
Popy Appeal oraganiser Jim Jackson closed the evening by giving his thanks to the committee and all who gave their time and donated to make last year’s appeal such a success.