Poppy funds top £30,000

Ilkeston Remembrance Day'Market Place'Ilkeston'Sunday 9th November 2014''Some of the wreaths at the cenotaph in the market square at the end of the service.''Picture by Dan Westwell
Ilkeston Remembrance Day'Market Place'Ilkeston'Sunday 9th November 2014''Some of the wreaths at the cenotaph in the market square at the end of the service.''Picture by Dan Westwell

More than £35,000 has been raised for the Poppy Appeal by people in Ilkeston so far this year.

The amount raised through poppy and wreath sales in Ilkeston totalled £31, 882.61, and the amount raised in West Hallam, Stanley Common and other rural areas of Ilkeston was £4,001.67.

All money will go to the Royal British Legion.

Malcolm Jarvis, chairman of the Royal British Legion branch in Ilkeston, said: “It is absolutely fabulous and is up on last year at this time as the year runs from September to September.

“So many people have done so much. We will have a lot of people to thanks. Everyone has played their part.”

Around 50 people, including army cadets, helped to sell poppies in Ilkeston.

In the villages the job was mainly down to Terry Hall, co-ordinator for the rural areas, He called the amount raised ‘magnificent’ and said it was a tremendous achievement. He said: “It was very generous from everyone in the whole of the rural area I cover.

“We also have to bear in mind this period runs until September 2015 and will include the bomber memorial, and any other sundries between now and then, as well as the all year round boxes, so it could rise slightly.”

The amount tops the amount that was raised last year, a result of this year being the centenary of World War One.

The legion created the Poppy Appeal to help those returning from the First World War

Money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes directly to the legions’s welfare work providing through life care to anyone who is currently serving in the British Armed Forces, who has previously served, and their families.

The 2014 appeal needs to raise £40 million in total to carry on its work.