December 12 2013 Latest news:
Ramzy Alwakeel, Reporter
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Elm Park’s Royal British Legion has bagged a record £25,000 for this year’s Poppy Appeal – and held a presentation evening to say thanks to some dedicated volunteers.
It’s a big hike from the £3,000 the branch was getting annually for the appeal when Joanne Stevens, now the poppy appeal officer, took over her role.
So on Sunday Sharon Bonner, the legion’s community fundraiser for north east London, presented 12 certificates to volunteers who had been collecting for five years.
One was handed to Doreen Hails, who has been collecting for 10 years.
A special award was also given to the sea cadets from T.S. Hurricane, who traditionally collect outside Tesco in Rainham on one Saturday every November.
Branch chairman Barry Mugglestone said: “What an excellent Poppy Appeal this year.
“Thanks must go to our two Poppy Appeal organisers Joanne Stevens and Lyn Reynolds.
“It was nice to see the different range of ages helping with the appeal.
“Some people believe the legion supports veterans, but with all the conflicts going on around the world we support current serving service personnel as well.”
The legion meets in Maylands Avenue.
Three men will today go on trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court for the rape of a woman in Romford last year.