Poppy appeal tops £9,000 thanks to kind donations

Ann Sagon has been knitting poppies that have been selling very quickly at Willow Farm in Glemsford ANL-141028-072346009
Ann Sagon has been knitting poppies that have been selling very quickly at Willow Farm in Glemsford ANL-141028-072346009

Long Melford’s Poppy appeal has exceeded expectations after the running total topped £9,000, with more donations expected.

The Long Melford branch of the Royal British Legion has been involved in a number of fundraising events to raise funds for the appeal.

This year’s total has smashed last year’s figure of £5,758.98 with plenty more fundraising events and donations expected.

The women’s section of the Long Melford branch raised £700 at a poppy bazaar, while great-grandmother Ann Sagon raised £400 through sales of her knitted poppies.

The branch also received donations from Holy Trinity Church in Long Melford and the Church of St Lawrence in Little Waldingfield.

Poppy appeal organiser Michael Page, who took up the voluntary position this year, thanked all those who had supported the appeal.

“I’d like to say a big thank-you to the people of Long Melford who contributed,” said Mr Page. “It is very touching and moving when you see people give.

“I do sometimes get emotional when people donate the amount that they do.”

He said the publicity of the appeal in the centenary year of the start of the First World War had encouraged people to donate.