Figures released yesterday, April 16, show generous East Midlands folk have dug deep to help The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal break the £2million mark for the fourth year in a row.
Since the 2013 Poppy Appeal launched last October, people in the East Midlands have donated more than £2.5million to date, which will help the Legion continue to provide direct welfare support and advice to the Armed Forces community. In Derbyshire, £650,000 has been donated so far, and the money keeps coming in with five months to go until the appeal year ends in September.
Claire Rowcliffe, Interim Head of Regional Fundraising at the Legion, is amazed by the support of people across the region. She said: “We are thrilled at the generosity of the people in the East Midlands. It’s a great achievement to say we have broken the £2million target for the last four years and even more poignant this year as we commemorate 100 years since Britain entered the First World War.