Poppy appeal as strong as ever organisers say

Despite the economic conditions, the generosity of the people of Derbyshire continues with the Poppy Appeal total reaching £666, 273.44 - over £40,000 more than the previous year.

And with eight months until the end of the 2011 Appeal, members of The Royal British Legion have their fingers crossed that they may yet reach £700,000.

Colin Picken, the county Poppy Appeal co-ordinator said: “Every year the people of Derbyshire dig that bit deeper to keep the Poppy Appeal growing in the county. Considering how hard things are financially for many people, it is heart-warming to see the support that is continually given to our current and former members of the Armed Forces.”