People in Wellingborough have helped fundraisers make it a record-breaking year for the town’s Poppy Appeal.
Wellingborough’s Royal British Legion has announced that it raised £47,000 with this year’s Poppy Appeal, which is £10,000 more than last year.
Ian Nunney from the Wellingborough branch said: “The Poppy Appeal in Wellingborough has broken all records.
“At the moment we have banked £47,000 and that is £10,000 up on this time last year.
“But the best part is the Poppy Appeal runs from September to September so it is a whole year of fundraising.
“We have lots of other events happening during the year to increase the total.”
And he added: “The Poppy fortnight has raised £47,000 which has exceeded all expectations as we thought last year was going to be the best year ever.”
Mr Nunney said the amount raised was all the more pleasing because a number of the team were ill with chest infections during the Poppy Appeal and one member even suffered a severe heart attack.
But he is on the mend and now they can take pride in their efforts which will help the Legion with its work supporting servicemen and women.
Mr Nunney said: “The team worked exceedingly hard.
“Considering that quite a few of our team are confined to wheelchairs or mobility scooters and then there was one couple that did every day in M&S and they are both in their 70s, our team did very well.
“We are very pleased, but totally shocked.”
Another fundraiser which is set to be a success for the Legion is a concert on March 5 next year at Wellingborough United Reformed Church in High Street with the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth.
Mr Nunney said: “This is the first time the Royal Marines band has come to Wellingborough.
“A lot of people are buying tickets for Christmas presents.
“It will be a very good event, we are looking forward to it.”
Tickets cost £15 and are available by calling Mr Nunney on 01933 279410.
They can also be bought from Wellingborough Museum, The Hind Hotel and AO Copy Bureau in Oxford Street.