Poppy Appeal team praised for raising almost £30,000

Mike Homer
Mike Homer
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VOLUNTEERS have been praised for their hard work fundraising for charity.

Nearly £30,000 was raised for the Royal British Legion from 16 volunteers in Fareham. It was the highest amount raised by the team from the annual poppy appeal and the members have been praised for their efforts.

Clare Peppiatt, The Royal British Legion’s community fundraiser for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said: ‘The Legion is thrilled with the support we’ve had from the people of Fareham.

‘We were collecting around the clock in local shops and supermarkets, and we’re so proud to make £30,000.

‘Every penny raised will make a huge difference.

‘The Poppy Appeal supports the armed forces, veterans and their families.’

She added: ‘The funds raised could be used to assist a forces widow through an inquest or help an injured soldier get compensation.’

Helping organise the volunteers was ex-serviceman Mike Homer.

The 75-year-old wheelchair user is the honorary organiser for the Poppy Appeal in Fareham Shopping Centre, High Street, and West Street.

By selling poppies the group managed to raise a total of £29,438 in October and November last year.

Mike, who has been fundraising for seven years, said: ‘Last year we raised around £25,000 – I expected to raise a little bit more this year but not as much as almost £30,000.

‘I’m absolutely over the moon with it. What helped was that it was the 100th anniversary of the First World War in August last year.’

The money is used to fund essential welfare work for servicemen and women, veterans and their families.

Mike recently had an electric front door installed at his home by The Royal British Legion, in order for him to be able to get in and out of his house with ease.

He added: ‘This is an example of the sort of thing the funds raised can be used for.’