Washington Poppy appeal on set to break records

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A POPPY appeal is on target to break records.

The Royal British Legion has so far collected £27,016 in Washington – just £500 short of last year’s figure.

However, it has still to collect a last round of donations, so it reckons the £28,000 mark can be broken.

Secretary Malcolm Pickering, 56, said: “We enjoyed support across the board, from young and old alike. The poppy is ingrained in people’s lives. I am extremely happy with the amount raised.”

This year’s appeal was launched in October by MP Sharon Hodgson, the branch’s honorary secretary.

About £16,000 was donated at a stall manned for two weeks at Asda at the Galleries, with another £2,000 handed over by three Asda depots.