Poppy Appeal smashes through £1million barrier in North East

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THE annual Poppy Appeal has raised more than £1million in the North East.

It is the first time the Royal British Legion’s fund-raising drive in the region has passed the milestone.

The UK’s largest armed forces charity is also celebrating an increase of 20 per cent on last year’s donations, making the North East the most generous region.

Andrew Drake, county manager of the Royal British Legion in the North East, praised all who donated.

“It’s brilliant news. We are absolutely delighted to achieve this milestone. It’s a tremendous support to the military community.”

The Poppy Appeal was launched in November, the same year the charity celebrated its 90th anniversary and will run until September.

The figure raised so far in the region is £1,017,972.99, compared to £845,668.15 this time last year.