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Poppy Appeal in Driffield raises a record amount of nearly £20,000

Organisers of the annual poppy appeal in Driffield and the surrounding villages have thanked all those who have supported the appeal which has raised a record amount of almost £20,000.

The Driffield branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) launched their appeal for 2022-23 in October and to date £19,782.93 has been raised, which is the highest total the branch has ever achieved.

The funds raised will go towards supporting the work of the Royal British Legion in helping members or former members of the armed forces community.

Poppy Appeal organiser for the Driffield branch of the RBL, John Forrester, thanked all those who helped make the appeal the success it has been so far this year.

He said: “The Driffield branch of the Royal British Legion has had a very successful poppy appeal.

“This could not have been achieved without the help of many businesses and collectors in Driffield and the surrounding villages who gave their valuable time to our cause.

“This year to date, we have raised £19,782.93, which is the highest total we have ever achieved.”

Of that total, £2,270.47 was raised by the Wild at Heart Day Nursery in Driffield after owner Anna Rimmer launched an appeal in memory of her late father.

The nursery hosted numerous fundraising activities through ‘Never Forget November’.

This included an auction evening, tombola, biscuit and artwork sales, as well as staff and parents selling items which were all ‘handmade with love’.

The total to date is made up of the following donations:

Church collections: £590.80; Donations: £772.25; Tesco Stand: £6,277.26; Wreaths: £922.00; North Frodingham: £222.43; Wansford: £128.40; Garton: £98.78; Sledmere: £448.42; Fimber: £140.53; Wetwang: £73.99; Fridaythorpe: £263.13; Huggate: £441.85; North Dalton: £257.23; Middleton-on-the-Wolds: £226.84; Kirkburn: £177.44; Kilnwick: £177.79; Cranswick: £627.56; Nafferton: £254.92; Wild at Heart Day Nursery: £2,270.47.

Other money comes from various sources during the Poppy Appeal.

The Driffield and District Branch of the Royal British Legion will mark its 100th anniversary in January.

The branch was formed in the Capital of the Wolds on 4th January 1923 and has been active in the town ever since.

Members currently meet at The Bell Hotel on the last Tuesday of every month.

Membership of the Royal British Legion is open to anyone, whether they have served in military or not, and its main purpose is to help and support those who are ex-forces and their families.

To celebrate the centenary, the branch is holding a dinner on 7th January 2023 in the Old Town Hall at the rear of The Bell Hotel.

For tickets, please email David at davidhope_1@hotmail.com

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