POPPY Appeal organisers have given thanks to people who helped raise a huge £30,000 for the Royal British Legion this year.
Thousands of people turned out at emotional services on both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday in November.
And now the total from the sale of poppies has been collated, the Legion’s Stalybridge and Dukinfield Branch has revealed it hit an astonishing amount.
People of all ages were thanked for their support – along with two supermarkets.
The Legion branch said: “The Royal British Legion is extremely grateful to everyone who supported this year’s Annual Poppy Appeal, especially with 2021 being its centenary year.
“Local people have always given their support to help raise funds to aid the many serving and ex-service personnel and their families who need assistance during their time of need.
We appreciate the help of Tesco in Stalybridge and Morrisons in Dukinfield who allowed us to have a Poppy stall inside their premises, which raised £19,296 between them.
“We also thank the ladies who spent many months making or knitting hundreds of poppies to sell at various outlets.
“We are especially appreciative of the support given to us by local schools. They are the key to the future of ‘Remembrance’.
“Many schools take an active educational interest on the casualties of war as detailed in their National Curriculum and visit Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries in various parts of France and Belgium.
“They also use local war memorials to assist with their studies. This year schools raised the grand sum of £4,700 towards the cause.”