Poppy Appeal organiser stunned by Portsmouth area’s generosity as £370k is raised

From left, Cadet Georgie Nicholls, Lance Corporal Josh Reynolds and Corporal Paige Bridgeman from B Company of the Cadet Force launching the Poppy Appeal at Gunwharf Quays
From left, Cadet Georgie Nicholls, Lance Corporal Josh Reynolds and Corporal Paige Bridgeman from B Company of the Cadet Force launching the Poppy Appeal at Gunwharf Quays
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RECORDS have been broken as people across the Portsmouth area dug deep to support this year’s Poppy Appeal – raising almost £370,000 in just two weeks.

Organisers of the charity campaign are celebrating the windfall, which they say is the city’s best-ever.

We just can’t believe it. It’s incredible.

Clare Peppiatt, community fundraiser, south Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

For the first time in its history, Portsmouth smashed the £100,000 mark – beating last year’s total by more than £11,000.

Louise Purcell, Poppy Appeal organiser for the city, was thrilled with the result.

‘It’s been overwhelming,’ she said.

‘I think the generosity of Portsmouth’s public has been amazing – to think that we raised this much in just two weeks is unbelievable.’

Louise took over the city’s Poppy Appeal about eight years ago.

Since then, she has been building up its success.

‘A couple of years ago we raised £76,000 – when I first started it was £55,000. So this is our best year ever,’ she added.

The national appeal is arranged by the Royal British Legion.

Clare Peppiatt, community fundraiser, south Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, has been impressed by its success.

She said: ‘We just can’t believe it. It’s incredible.’

Clare claimed Louise may well be the most successful fundraiser across the UK.

‘Although we’re still trying to find out if this is the case,’ she added.

All the communities across the city had a successful fundraising season, with much of the cash coming in the two weeks around Remembrance Day.

Fareham, which is made up of eight different areas, raised a grand total of £119,617.64 this year.

Gosport raised £46,414.26, Waterlooville achieved £27,588.21, while Havant raised £24,166.42.

Residents in Lee-on-the-Solent also proved successful, generating £22,562.86, with Portchester hitting £13,951.75, Hayling Island £5,579.97 and Emsworth £4,677.85.

South Hampshire raised £607,684.82, with the north of the county getting £583,774.25.

The UK raised almost £31m.