Poppy Appeal brings in thousands
The Royal British Legion’s Shrewsbury Poppy Appeal 2018 raised a total of £80,672 – over £7,000 up on the previous year.
During appeal period which launched on October 27 and ran through until November 11, the Shrewsbury Poppy Appeal volunteers collected in local supermarkets, shops, in the Market Square and in churches. The organisers have been overwhelmed with the support and generosity of the general public.
Poppy Appeal organisers for Shrewsbury, Susan Coleman and Gill Child, said: “We have been absolutely thrilled with the support we received in Shrewsbury this year, from people volunteering to help deliver all the poppies to and from the shops, those collecting on the supermarkets stalls and in the Market Square gazebo as well as those who helped us prep all of the boxes earlier in the year. This has been a special year for the Centenary and an incredible Thank You to the WW1 generation by the area.
“We just couldn’t have achieved this without the sheer determination of the all of the people involved to make this such a success. The people of Shrewsbury have been incredibly generous and the funds raised are going to make a huge difference to the lives of the Royal British Legion’s beneficiaries.”
The money raised from the Poppy Appeal goes towards the Legion’s work with current Serving personnel, veterans and their families, including innovative dementia care, theatre recovery projects, world-leading research on blast injury studies, and Legion owned seaside break centres.
The fundraising from Shrewsbury will go towards the Legion’s national target of £50 million to continue its vital work delivering practical, through life care and support to the Armed Forces community.