Poppy Appeal organiser hopes for record year in Hartlepool

Poppy Appeal collector Sian Cameron.
Poppy Appeal collector Sian Cameron.

A CHARITY champion is hoping for a record-breaking year after kicking off her annual appeal to help remember the fallen.

Sian Cameron took on the role of Poppy Appeal Organiser for Hartlepool in 2010 following the sudden death of her dad, Ian.

Sian quickly rose to the challenge, raking in £45,000 from poppy sales in her first year at the helm.

Now, after starting this year’s appeal in Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre last weekend, Sian is now setting her sights on breaking the record again.

Sian, 32, said: “This is something I look forward to every year, and the generosity of the people in Hartlepool never ceases to amaze me.

“In the first year after dad’s death, we raised £45,000 so my target this year is to get £46,000.

“I’m indebted to the family and friends who have volunteered to help, and as well as the shopping centre we will also be in Tesco and Morrisons while the Rotary Club will be selling on our behalf in Asda. There is a real togetherness about the volunteers, we go all over Hartlepool and people are so kind.

“We have plenty of collection tines dotted about as well, and we are extremely grateful for every penny that is donated to us by the people of Hartlepool.

“People still come up to me and say they remember my dad doing the poppy appeal and say some nice things about him, so it’s nice that he is still linked to what we are doing and is still making an impression.”

All of the cash raised through poppy sales is pumped into the Royal British Legion.

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