The Lytham St Annes Poppy Appeal has set a new record.
The amount raised locally for the British Legion’s fund this year was a best ever £32,079 – and Fylde folk have been thanked for their generosity.
The new record was achieved despite the fact that a number of volunteers who helped set a then new record of £30,000 in 2012 were unavailable to take part this time around for various reasons.
And appeal organiser Spencer Leader, president of St Annes Royal British Legion, who delivered more than 200 boxes of poppies and collection tins, said: “I thank everyone in our borough who has made this year’s total possible – the volunteer collectors, the shops, schools and businesses where poppies were available plus all the kind people who donated their money to have made this a record collection.
“The appeal raises approximately two thirds of the total funding needed to sustain the many worthwhile projects, including providing homes, convalescent care, training, jobs and pension counselling.
“We are so grateful to the people for their show of solidarity for our brave service people by helping to collect and contributing to such a good cause.”
The cash raised across the Fylde includes £1,100 donated by members of the Soroptimosts International of Fylde, who knitted poppies for sale.
Accepting the cheque from ‘chief knitter’ Anne Halsall, Mr Leader said: “Thanks to these ladies who donated the wool, their skills and time to raise such a wonderful amount.”