Rushden RBL team win Poppy Appeal fundraising cup

Barbara Clark and David Hawker
Barbara Clark and David Hawker

Barbara Clark and her team of fundraisers have been rewarded for their record-breaking fundraising efforts for the Poppy Appeal.

Mrs Clark and the Rushden branch of the Royal British Legion have been presented with the Albert Franklin Memorial Cup.

The cup is awarded to a large branch within the county of Northamptonshire that has increased the amount it has raised from the previous year’s Poppy Appeal to the current year’s.

Thanks to the generous donations made by the people of Rushden and neighbouring villages, the branch raised £40,549.12 with more still being donated.

On accepting the cup, Mrs Clark emphasised that if it was not for her husband Alan and her great team of fundraisers the branch would not have achieved such a great result.

She was presented with the cup by branch chairman Paul Mills and the branch president and Standard bearer David Hawker.

The Legion created the Poppy Appeal to help those returning from the First World War. And 2014’s appeal was particularly poignant as it marked the 100th anniversary of the start of that war, one of the deadliest conflicts in the UK’s history.

The Rushden branch meets on the second Monday of the month at the Rushden Football & Social Club in Hayden Road, Rushden.

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