Residents dig deep for Honiton Poppy Appeal

PUBLISHED: 11:30 30 January 2018

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Donations reached more than £14,000.

Generous residents from Honiton and its surrounding areas donated more than £14,000 for the Poppy Appeal this year.

Broken down, the figures show that retail outlets raised £4,457, while charity collectors at Honiton Tesco raised in excess of £2,000.

House-to-house collectors also raised £3,491 pounds, while street collectors took in £3,953. This year, for the first time, local army and air force cadets took part and raised more than £1,200 on the two Saturdays prior to Remembrance Day.

They also played a major role in the parade and church service.

The Honiton ladies’ crochet group made poppies and sold them to make more than £650, and Honiton Community College pupils raised £560 by doing a sponsored walk on Dartmoor.

In total, almost £14,600 was given in donations.

Chris Sinden, Honiton’s Poppy Appeal co-ordinator, said: “It has been a tremendous effort all round.

“I would like to thank all those people who gave up their time to help with the appeal and to those who gave so generously.”

The Poppy Appeal runs from October 1 to September 30 the following year.

Mr Sinden added: “We are always looking for people to assist with the appeal in the month prior to Remembrance Day.

“This is a rewarding and satisfying job, in which you meet many of towns folk for a chat.

“Any person or organisation can make a donation anytime they wish.”

For more information about Honiton’s Poppy Appeal, and to get involved this year, call Mr Sinden on 01404 44474.

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