Scarborough Poppy Appeal supporters of all ages have been out in force making sure this year’s fundraising campaign is a big success.
Since Remembrance weekend, volunteers have been busy collecting in donation tins and counting up the proceeds.
Beryl Anderson, co-ordinator of the Poppy Appeal in Scarborough, said: “After the sales of poppies come to an end, we have lots of volunteers who come in to help count up the proceeds.
“There are nearly 800 tins and boxes to collect in and we count the money and bank it straight away.”
She added; “We rely so much on our volunteers and they do a wonderful job. We have around 30 volunteers at the moment and just after Remembrance weekend is such a busy time for them.”
Beryl explained that although the Poppy Appeal continues all year, the money from poppy sales is usually all counted up by the start of December.
She added: “I would personally say that we’re doing exceptionally well at the moment. As always, the people of Scarborough have been out in force to support our appeal.”
Beryl and her husband John Anderson, president of the Scarborough branch of the Royal British Legion, have also been presented with £500 towards the appeal by youngsters at Barrowcliff School.
The school has chosen the Royal British Legion as its charity of the year and has been holding a number of events to raise money, including a non-uniform day.
A spokesperson from the school said: “We pick a different charity every year and this time the children have been learning all about the Poppy Appeal and the work of the Royal British Legion.
“The whole school has been involved and the children have absolutely loved learning about it and making the poppies in art sessions.
“They also loved speaking to Mr Anderson, the president of the Scarborough branch, who had all his medals on.”
Every year group at the school was involved, with children from as young as three and a half up to 11 years old. They will keep supporting the charity for the rest of the school year until July.
Beryl Anderson said her and John really enjoyed visiting the school and speaking to the children. She added: “It’s wonderful that the school has chosen to support us in this way and that the children are learning that the appeal lasts all year, not just during Remembrance time. We’re so grateful for their support.”