The people of Wellingborough have been thanked for their support as the town celebrates another record-breaking year for the Poppy Appeal.
Last year’s appeal saw the Wellingborough branch of the Royal British Legion raise a total of £57,000, but they have already smashed that total with this year’s appeal.
The branch has already hit £61,000 and there are other fundraisers lined up for the coming months which will add to the total for the whole 12 months of fundraising.
Ian Nunney, chairman of the Wellingborough branch, said: “Wellingborough has done something really special.
“We have exceeded the total we did for the whole of last year and we are now on £61,000 and we have still got quite a few collection tins to come in.”
Mr Nunney said a lot of planning and hard work goes into the Poppy Appeal each year, and the branch has had the added boost of having a shop in the town centre to co-ordinate it from this year.
He added: “A big thank you to everyone.
“We feel very humbled by the support of the people of Wellingborough.”
Mr Nunney thanked all the Legion members and volunteers who go the extra mile as well as shops and businesses in the area for their support.
He added: “We never thought we would better it and we have still got another 11 months to go.
“We had some people working from 8.30am to late at night so that shows the commitment that people have for the Poppy Appeal.”
Mr Nunney said they start planning the Poppy Appeal in July or August and this is only the start of 12 months of fundraising.
Other events lined up for the Wellingborough branch include a Poppy concert in March with the Band of the Irish Guards, which Mr Nunney said ‘will be a first for Wellingborough.’
There will also be a field gun competition next June which will be open to members of the Army, air and sea cadets as well as schools in the area.
Looking ahead to the forthcoming events, Mr Nunney said: “It’s been a good year so far and hopefully when the final figures are counted, we will hit £70,000 and that will be the best result ever for Wellingborough.”