THE Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion is celebrating a record collection for the Poppy Appeal.
The Lyme branch, one of the most active in Dorset, has raised in excess of £12,000 for the Poppy Appeal, through street collections and proceeds from other fundraising activities.
The final total also included a generous donation of £5,000 from the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis, half the proceeds from the Candles On The Cobb event in August which included a giant poppy on Cobb beach.
Other events included the Poppy Run and Fun Day and a freefall parachute jump by Legion member Ania Driver to celebrate her 70th birthday and in honour of her late husband.
The news that Lyme had raised a record sum for the Poppy Appeal was revealed by branch chairman Ian Marshall at their recent annual meeting.
Afterwards he said: “The Lyme Regis Branch of the Royal British Legion wish to extend sincere thanks to all the people of Lyme Regis who this year have raised in excess of £12,000 pounds for the Poppy Appeal.
“This total was achieved from generous donations from the Candles on the Cobb event presented by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis, freefall parachute jump sponsorship raised by Ania Driver and the annual remembrance collections ably organised and run by Jacqui Ward and her team.
“A big well done to all the organisers and of course our wonderful townsfolk.”
Highlight of the annual meeting was the presentation of the Jack Loveridge Memorial Cup for outstanding service to the Legion in the last year.
The trophy, donated in memory of the late Jack Loveridge, a Legion member who served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, was shared by Jacqui Ward and parade marshall Kevin Taylor.
The cup was presented by Mr Loveridge’s son Les, who also served his National Service in the Royal Navy.
Officers elected at the meeting were: Philip Evans MBE (president), Ian Marshall (chairman), Pete Ward (vice-chairman), Chris James (secretary), Jon Hunt (treasurer), Daniel Buckley (membership secretary), Jacqui Ward (Poppy Appeal organiser), Ania Driver (Branch Community Support), Kevin Taylor (Parade Marshall), Shelley Larcombe and Emma Blackmore (Events).