LETTER: Staggering support could net Poppy Appeal £25k from Boston

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I would like to say, once again, a ‘huge thank you’ to the people of Boston and district.

Despite the present economic climate the wonderful people of Boston have looked in pockets, purses, money boxes and wallets to swell the coffers of the Poppy Appeal 2013 – to date we have raised a staggering £23,838-73 – this could end up being nearer to £25,000-00.

Thanks must go to many people, especially the primary school children from Tower Road Academy, St Mary’s Primary School and Park Community Academy, who stood for some time in the cold and wind whilst the opening of the Garden of Remembrance Service took place. Also, to the cadets, scouts, guides, cubs, brownies, beavers and rainbows up and down the country who parade on Remembrance Sunday.

We were very fortunate to have the Uniformed Public Service students from Boston College collecting in the town centre, also the Cadets.

The cadets also held a collection, thanks to David Newton, chairman of Boston United, in their ground.

This year we were very fortunate to be loaned, by kind permission of Oldrids Store, Pescod Hall where we were able to provide all manner of Poppies to anyone who cared to pop in.

I am always surprised how money is raised – 10p per dessert sold by one company, a ‘bag pack’, donations instead of wedding presents and presents for a 70th birthday and a Festival of Remembrance Concert.

Thanks go to my small band of helpers that tramp the streets

knocking on doors and sitting in sometimes very draughty supermarkets.

Finally, a big thank you to all the schools, clubs, pubs, restaurants, banks, shops and offices who so willingly have a Poppy box or a wreath to lay at the Memorial in Wide Bargate and support the Poppy Appeal.

Sue Ransome

Honorary Poppy Appeal organiser Boston and District