Crawley Poppy Appeal raises £50k and sets new record

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jpco 29-10-14 Poppy Appeal Launch 2014 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-141027-111231001

Crawley’s Poppy Appeal has topped £50,000 and set a new record this year.

Michael Elliott, Secretary of the Crawley and Ifield branch of the Royal British Legion, thanked townspeople for their donations to the charity appeal.

He said: “We are very grateful to all the people of Crawley - if you say there’s 100,000 in Crawley, £50,000 represents about 50p per person.

“We finished the Poppy Appeal effectively on November 11 and it’s taken until about a week ago to count it.”

Four members of the branch counted the collections two or three times per week.

Some £46,000 was raised in last year’s appeal.

A large portion of the funds were collected in County Mall.

Mr Elliott, 68, from Southgate, whose parents were ex-service personnel, said: “If they were alive I’m sure they would be proud of the amount that continues to be raised.”

The charity provides help and welfare to serving and ex-service community and their families.

Mr Elliott added: “People are still needing assistance in one way or another and will continue to do so as long as we have our armed forces involved in various projects.”

Crawley Town Football Club is to auction specially-made shirts with the poppy logo and the words ‘Lest We Forget’ and signed by its players for £1,600 in aid of this year’s Appeal.