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Hornchurch Royal British Legion raises nearly £54,000 for Poppy Appeal

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:13 07 December 2018

Volunteers from Hornchurch RBL at their coffee morning given as thanks to everyone who helped with the poppy appeal.

Volunteers from Hornchurch RBL at their coffee morning given as thanks to everyone who helped with the poppy appeal.

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Volunteers at the Royal British Legion in Hornchurch have raised nearly £54,000 for the Poppy Appeal this year, and celebrated with an afternoon of tea and cakes.

The appeal is in its seventh year, and was organised by Terry Minshaw and her partner in crime Wendy Neal.

To raise money for the appeal, volunteers take part in a number of different events and this year they have included selling hand-knitted poppies, hand-painted pebbles and a commemorative dance.

Other fundraising ideas have been raffling home-made cakes and tea money raised by the ‘Legion ladies’.

Terry said there had also been a number of generous donations including one company that gave a cheque for more than £1,000 and another mystery donor was a gent who dropped a £1,000 cheque into a donation bucket.

So far the total is at just short of £54,000 - however this will go up between now and the end of the year.

Terry told the Recorder: “We have an army of volunteers, and I just want to say thank you to all of them.

“They deliver the boxes to the main stores, Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s, B&Q as well as many smaller shops in the Hornchurch area.

“The Queen’s Theatre also supports the appeal along with local schools and colleges.

“We have volunteers who actually collect in these stores and counters who help us count the money at the end of the appeal- a mammoth task which they smile through each year!”

“We are still counting but so far our area has raised a remarkable amount.”

Councillor Gerry O’Sullivan said that everyone who helped with the Poppy Appeal should be very proud of what they have achieved.

He said: “To be honest I think they do an excellent job, and they work extremely hard with the appeal.

“It is a brilliant achievement, and I think it is possibly the most they have ever raised.

“The people of Hornchurch have been very generous and have showed fantastic support, which was reflected in the excellent turnout for the Remembrance Day event.”

The RBL in Hornchurch is always looking for volunteers and if you’re interested in helping out you can call 01708 470730.

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