GENEROUS people across Whitby and district have raised more than £22,000 in this year’s Poppy Appeal - despite the country in the grip of a recession.
Although slightly down on last year’s figure by £399 dedicated collectors and donors still managed to net a total of £22,696.39 for the Royal British Legion.
Over 100 boxes were distributed throughout Whitby and the villages.
These included £7,570 from shops, cafes, hotels and businesses, £2,380 from houses to house collections in Whitby, £3,174 from house to house collections in the villages, £1,609 from all year round counter boxes and £1,173 from street collections.
Youngsters from an Army cadet bag pack at the Co-op made £446, local schools raised £766 and church collections £762.
Because of the bad weather, several churches, organisations and villages have been unable to send in their funds and the collection will not be finalised until mid 2011.
A spokesman for the committee said “Another heartfelt thanks must be given to all those members of the public and businesses who carried the 400 collecting boxes distributed and to all members of the public who dug deep again and helped to fill the boxes.
“Thanks to all the village distributors taking out the boxes and to the buglers who played at the outdoor services in atrocious conditions and to the group of counters who handle all boxes and pay the money into the bank. All proceeds have been paid to Poppy Appeal HQ.
“Down slightly on last year by £399 but considering all the local appeals and functions for Help For Heroes, the result speaks well for the support and generosity of the people of Whitby and district. “Well done and many thanks.”
Once again the committee is appealing for some younger help on the committee which is only a short period in the year.
For more information call Frank Bull on (01947) 603266, Derrick Tyreman on (01947) 602479 or George Gallon on (01947) 601637.
People are asked to submit their collected donations as soon as possible to the Hon Treasurer, Frank Bull, 5 Howards Court, Upgang Lane, Whitby YO21 3JW or by calling his number listed above.
Other cash raised in the appeal was £2,053 from the poppy anchor, Nisa Extra, Co-op and LiDL collections, £769 from donations, £1,050 from special events and £928 from wreaths.