Poppy cash nears £20,000

A POPPY appeal across Batley and Birstall raised nearly £20,000 for armed forces veterans.

The cash was collected by the Royal British Legion branch from September 2014 to September this year.

Activities included a trip to the National Memorial Aboretum in Staffordshire in June. It proved so popular that branch chairman Alan Roberts gave up his seat so others could go instead.

The next campaign is already off to a great start thanks to big turnouts at remembrance services last month.

A return to the aboretum is planned for 2016, along with trips to Southport and Bridlington.

Branch vice-chairman Alan Spencer said: “We’d like to thank all our supporters in the area.

“The Poppy Appeal was again superbly supported – it has surpassed last year’s magnificent effort and is approaching £20,000.”

He thanked those who attended remembrance events and added: “There was a tremendous turnout from all sections of the community.”

Branch members meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Batley Irish Democratic League Club.

New members or anyone who wishes to join the committee are welcome to get in touch. Anyone interested can call Alan Spencer on 01274 873767, Peter Brierley 01924 440832 or Colin Whitworth on 01924 524827.

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