Hartlepool Poppy Appeal raises record £47k

FANTASTIC NEWS:  Poppy Appeal collector Sian Cameron
FANTASTIC NEWS: Poppy Appeal collector Sian Cameron

HARTLEPOOL’S Poppy Appeal has raised over £47,000 in just four-and-a-half months - a record for the charity.

And Sian Cameron who runs the town branch of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal is ecstatic at the figure, which is more than the organisation raked in over the previous 12 months.

In fact, the Hartlepool Poppy Appeal is going from strength to strength with £39,755 raised from September 2012 to 2013, and almost £40,000 again from September 2013 to September 2014.

But since September last year kind-hearted townsfolk have created a hike in the charity’s earnings with £47,000 already in the kitty.

That is without the Poppy Appeal takings from Hartlepool United, which are expected to amount to over £6,000 and be handed in over the next few weeks.

Today 32-year-old Sian, who took over the appeal following the untimely death of her father, Ian Cameron, in 2010, said: “I’m absolutely bouncing off the walls, it’s such fantastic news.

“I don’t exactly know what it’s down to, whether it’s been the centenary or the poppies at the tower of London, but everyone has just been really switched on to it.

“The reception we got was amazing - some people were taking one poppy and handing over £20. It brings the best out in people and how generous they really are.”

Sian, who lives in Wolviston and works for Neta Training, in Billingham, added: “I’ve got a picture of my dad on my desk and he’s got a big daft grin on his face.

“I caught a glimpse of it shortly after I’d found out the total, and I just looked at it and wished he could be here, he would be so proud, he’d be over the moon.

“People still always come over to me and talk to me about him, and somebody once said to me ‘People don’t die if they live on the lips of the living’, and that’s a great comfort to me. It’s nice to see the impact he had and how he was special to other people as well as me.”

All of the cash raised through poppy sales is pumped into the Royal British Legion for past and present servicemen and women.

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