THE annual Poppy Appeal in Scarborough has netted £63,502 – the highest ever for the town and there are still five months of collecting to go.
There was delight all round as organisers met to honour volunteers at the annual presentation.
“We are absolutely thrilled, this is the highest total we’ve ever had in this area. It is just amazing.
“We are grateful to the people of Scarborough who despite the recession still give us 110 per cent support,” said Poppy appeal organiser Beryl Anderson.
Scarborough mayor Cllr John Blackburn handed out five and 10-year service certificates to volunteers at the ceremony held at the Town Hall in St Nicholas Street, Scarborough.
Bill Parker received a 10-year award and he is also the standard bearer for the Royal British Legion.
There was a special award – a brooch – as well as a certificate for Denyse Cowie who has given 42 years’ service to the appeal, which helps former armed forces personnel and their families,
“Denyse has done so much to help the appeal and she just goes about it in her own quiet way. She is wonderful,” said Mrs Anderson.
Corporate awards were made to the Train Shop, in Eastborough, Yorkshire Coast Radio and Boyes.
“We have volunteers who go out in all weathers to sell poppies, others count the money we collect and some deliver the boxes of poppies,” said Mrs Anderson. “All the work is done on a voluntary basis and requires devoting quite a lot of time,” she said.
The annual Poppy Appeal is launched on October 1 and runs until September 30.