Eastbourne’s ‘brilliant’ effort for Poppy Appeal is reaching £90,000

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Money from this year’s Poppy Appeal is coming in and Eastbourne’s Royal British Legion is pleased to announce they have reached at least £90,000.

There were collection boxes and poppy collectors across the town at the beginning of November and Eastbourne’s Poppy Appeal organiser Alan Young said he could not be happier.

He said, “Most boxes came back within the first week but it does take time to count and we won’t get a grand total until it is all banked.

“It really has turned out brilliantly. I set a target of £100,000 hoping we’d make £70,000, so when we got to £80,000 I was happy and, now, as we are approaching £90,000 I am really chuffed.”

Alan told the Herald he was humbled by the respects paid by the young people in Eastbourne. He spoke about the parade at the Arndale and added, “People who say the young people don’t care are lying. I was so impressed.”

The Arndale Poppy Appeal raised more than £12,000 and customers at Sainsbury’s Hampden Park store also managed a huge £12,849.16 this year.

As one of the Royal British Legion’s longest standing corporate partners, Sainsbury’s Hampden Park welcomed Poppy Appeal volunteer collectors in store Remembrance poppies in the run up to Armistice Day.

Peter Thomas, store manager at Sainsbury’s Hampden Park, said, “We love being involved with the Poppy Appeal and this year our customers and colleagues showed their continued support for this great cause.

“We’re thrilled to have raised such a huge amount for The Royal British Legion and look forward to seeing what the future holds for the 24-year partnership.”

Ben France, head of corporate partnerships at The Royal British Legion, added, “This year The Royal British Legion set its biggest ever target for The Poppy Appeal to raise £50 million to provide life-long support to the Armed Forces community.

“The level of activity that took place in Sainsbury’s stores will help contribute to our grand total and we are so grateful to the colleagues, volunteers and customers who were a part of it.”

Schools also played a big part in the Poppy Appeal. Pictured is St Thomas Becket with an outdoor display of poppies for Armistice Day.