Town's generosity hailed after best ever poppy sale

PUBLISHED: 12:10 27 November 2014

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Poppy Appeal organisers in Exmouth have thanked the town after raising more money than ever before.

Some £25,000 has been raised, thanks to more than 200 shops, businesses and other outlets in the town, which displayed poppy boxes and collecting tins during the run up to the Remembrance Sunday parade and service.

This, together with a street collection by cadet units on November 8, raised the superb total for the work of the Royal British Legion, building on the success of last year’s appeal, which had already seen a 23 per cent annual increase.

The Remembrance Sunday service saw 145 wreaths laid, sponsored by businesses, service and cadet organisations, individuals and Exmouth Town Council.

Poppy Appeal organiser Pete Smith said: “There are three Poppy Appeal organisers for Exmouth, and together with the Exmouth branch of the Royal British Legion, we wish to express our gratitude to the way the people of Exmouth have supported our organisation and, in particular, to the generosity shown by the residents of Exmouth during the recent weeks.

“We also wish to recognise the support given by those businesses which were kind enough to display poppy boxes and collecting tins during this appeal.

“Without this vital support, we would not be able to report this success. Thank you, Exmouth.”

On hearing of the Poppy Appeal’s success, Exmouth mayor Bill Nash said: “It is quite an achievement. Last year was brilliant, but to go to £25,000 is incredible.

“I never cease to be amazed how generous the people in Exmouth are, how in tune they are with the needs of others, and how they put their hands deep in their pockets to help.

“It’s just fantastic, and the people of Exmouth should really be praised for their generosity.”

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