Praise for fundraiser

Sian Cameron (centre) is presented with a certificate by Hartlepool Royal British Legion members (left to right) secretary Joan Murray, chairman John Neville, standard bearer Peter Brown and president Doreen Mee
Sian Cameron (centre) is presented with a certificate by Hartlepool Royal British Legion members (left to right) secretary Joan Murray, chairman John Neville, standard bearer Peter Brown and president Doreen Mee

A POPPY appeal organiser has been thanked by veterans for her record-breaking efforts.

Sales of poppies in Hartlepool last year raised a whopping £45,768, beating the previous year’s record total of £44,000 by more than £1,700.

Town fundraiser Sian Cameron, 29, took over the role of appeal organiser from her dad, Ian Cameron, after he died suddenly in 2010.

Since stepping into her father’s shoes, Sian has repeatedly received praise from the Royal British Legion for her dedication to helping their fund.

The Hartlepool branch has now awarded Sian a certificate of appreciation for her contribution to the cause during a meeting at Ye Olde Durhams Social Club, in St Aidan’s Street.

John Neville, chairman of the town’s group, said: “Since Sian took over from her father, the poppy appeal has grown year on year.

“She has done a fantastic job as the organiser and we are all very pleased with how she has used her position as poppy appeal organiser to raise money and awareness.

“The effort she has put into everything is fantastic.”

Sian leads an army of around 50 volunteers who stand in shops and street corners selling poppies.

Sian, from Wolviston, said: “I am over the moon. It’s a brilliant group of people and I love being part of it.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be involved.”