Melton Royal British Legion thank generous public after Poppy Appeal raises £24,250 and counting

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Melton Royal British Legion has sent out a massive thank you to the generous people of the town and district after its Poppy Appeal raised £24,250 to date.

And with another nine months still to go before the appeal ends (on the last day of September 2015) more fundraising events are already being planned to boost the total even further.

Poppy Appeal organiser Malcolm Bryson said: “I’d like to thank the people of Melton and all of the villages in our district for the generosity they’ve shown this year. I’d also like to thank all of the schools, Cubs, Scouts and Brownies who took part in our postcard competition.

“A big thank you must also go to Ragdale Hall for its sponsorship again this year for my golf tournament which will be held on Friday, June 12.”

This year’s Poppy Appeal total has already exceeded the £23,500 raised last year.

Mr Bryson added: “It has been a special centenary year, marking 100 years since the start of the First World War.

“It makes me feel very proud that people have given so generously to this year’s appeal so it must make all those people of Melton and district feel very proud as well.”

A number of events are planned to be held to boost the appeal over the next nine months such as a curry and quiz night and hog roast.

Details of future fundraising events will be published in the Melton Times as and when we get the information.

In support of the appeal specially-made ceramic poppies can be bought from the Melton Royal British Legion club, in Thorpe End, at a cost of £5 each.

l The winner of the Melton Royal British Legion branch’s postcard competition was Victoria Matthews, of the 1st Thrussington Brownies.

The runner-up was Aliva Tunstall, of Swallowdale Primary School, with third place going to seven-year-old Sam Scoble, of the 4th Melton Darwin Beaver Scout Colony.

l The Royal British Legion in Leicestershire and Rutland has thanked people for their generosity after it’s Poppy Appeal total exceeded £500,000.

Money collected from the Poppy Appeal goes towards providing help and support to serving Armed Forces personnel and ex-servicemen and women and their dependents.

For more about the Poppy Appeal in Leicestershire and Rutland, including how you can help by becoming a volunteer collector, visit http://counties.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/leicestershire-rutland

For more about the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal in general visit www.britishlegion.org.uk