Legion branch one of top in Dorset after record-breaking Poppy Appeal

Poppy Appeal organiser Jacqui Ward collect the trophy on behalf of the Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion

THE Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion picked up an award at the charity’s Dorset annual general meeting and conference.

The event was held at the Royal Armoured Corps centre in Bovington, where the Lyme Regis branch was named best medium sized branch in Dorset for its record-breaking Poppy Appeal collection of more than £15,000 in 2018.

The trophy was proudly received by Jacqui Ward, the Lyme Regis Poppy Appeal organiser, and represents the collective effort of the whole of the Lyme Regis and Uplyme communities.

Ian Marshall, branch chairman, said: “We applaud Jacqui and her small team for their dedication and hard work. The whole community should be immensely proud of its achievements, which collectively raised more than £15,000 for the Poppy Appeal.

“It was, of course, a very special year during which we remembered the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War and it is fitting that so many initiatives came together to generate this magnificent total.

“We are indebted to the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis for choosing the Poppy Appeal as a co-beneficiary of the Candles on the Cobb collection and providing a major boost to our total.

“We should also not forget Ania Driver’s brave sky jump which also raised more than £1,000 and the Festival of Remembrance, which also generated over £1,000.

“The Poppy Appeal week collections and generous church collections from both Lyme Regis and Uplyme also provided significant amounts. We are truly grateful to everyone who gave so generously.”

Anyone interested in getting involved or joining the Royal British Legion should visit www.britishlegion.org to find out about how the charity helps veterans. For further information on the Lyme Regis branch, call Ian Marshall a call on 07584 993 955 or email lymeregis.chairman@rbl.community

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