Poppy Appeal supporters launch annual campaign

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Poppy appeal supporters have launched their annual campaign to support Forces heroes.

Hartlepool Rotary Club’s plan to support the British Legion Poppy Appeal has been revealed and it includes the annual competition to reward the best schools in town.

Every school’s collection total is monitored by Rotary officials and the primary and secondary which does the best is honoured with a trophy in memory of the late Ian Cameron, who was the Hartlepool Poppy Appeal organiser.

Following Ian’s untimely death his daughter Sian Cameron has carried on his good work each year and donated the two trophies.

Last year, the winners were Throston Primary School and Manor College of Technology.

Rotary organiser Jeff Stephens said: “We have a long tradition of supporting the Poppy Appeal in Hartlepool.

“We are hoping that the surge in interest following the First World War commemorations in 2014 will be maintained and this year we can better last year’s total of £8700 raised by Rotary.”

He added: “We are always amazed at the generosity of people in Hartlepool for this appeal and know that their contributions really do make a difference.”

Rotary supports the schools by distributing poppies to them and then picking up the collecting tins.

As well as backing schools, Rotary members will also be collecting in the foyer of the Asda store in Hartlepool until Saturday.

The town branch of Rotary, founded in 1923, is open to men and women who are business, professional or community leaders.

For details, contact (01642) 551591.