Exmouth girl collects for Poppy Appeal
PUBLISHED: 12:18 14 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:18 14 November 2014
An eight-year-old girl gave up part of her birthday celebrations to help raise money for The Royal British Legion.
Harriet Boon, of Grenville Road, sold poppies at the entrance of the town’s main Tesco store on Saturday - before going home to her birthday party.
“We’re extremely proud of her and it’s lovely to see the children doing their bit,” said her grandmother, Carole Smith, who lives in The Marles.
“It’s also nice for the people going shopping to see the little ones taking part.”
She said she thought it was important as the Poppy Appeal is part of the family’s history.
Carole added: “It’s also nice for them to see the remembrance service to help them to put the pieces of the jigsaw together.”
Harriet sold poppies for two hours braving the cold to raise nearly £200 for the Royal British Legion (RBL) in the process before returning home for a party with her friends.
Carole said: “She had some of her friends round for a nail party and she was exhausted by the end of the day.”
Harriet sold the poppies at the supermarket last year and enjoyed it so much, she decided to do it again this year.
Carole’s husband Peter ‘Smudge’ Smith volunteers at the RBL as a Poppy Appeal organiser after serving for 24 years as a Colour Sergeant in the Royal Marines.
Carole added: “Harriet does know what she’s collection for and she understands it’s to help those people whose families are affected.”
Harriet is planning to do another collection next year. She said: “I really enjoyed doing it because you’re helping people and I want to do it again.”