Thursday, 14 December 2017

£44,000 collected for Poppy Appeal

A PARTY was held to celebrate a record £44,000 raised for the Poppy Appeal in Caversham.

A PARTY was held to celebrate a record £44,000 raised for the Poppy Appeal in Caversham.

The money came from street and house-to-house collections, charity boxes, donations and a sponsored walk.

Seventy-three guests were invited to Reading Golf Club for drinks and nibbles as a thank-you to fund-raisers and awards were presented to collectors.

Pauline Palmer, of Peppard Road, Caversham, who took over as appeal organiser 14 years ago, said: “I was thrown in at the deep end when I took over but I am delighted and thankful for the dozen or so people I inherited who have stuck with me through thick and thin.”

Mrs Palmer now has a team of about 100 collectors.

The top collector was Ann Marie McCarthy, landlady of the Griffin pub in Church Road, who raised £600. One of the pub’s fund-raising events was a raffle for Armed Forces Day.

Second place went to Caversham Working Men’s Club, where the appeal team meets, which raised about £500.

The First Great Western team and W H Smith, Boots and Burger King at Reading station raised a combined total of almost £3,000. They were assisted by employees of Osborne Clark and volunteers who collected on the concourse.

The House of Cards shop in Church Street, Caversham, had collection tins and created a special Remembrance window display.

Certificates were presented to collectors who excelled themselves this year, including Gordon Phillips, of Wolsey Road, and Geoff Mains, of Bellingham Walk, who helped deliver tins, Jack and Brenda Stanford, who helped count the money received, the 9th Battalion Army Cadet Force in Caversham for collecting and helping to organise the Remembrance Day parade and John Grimes at Drummonds Letting Agency for printing 1,000 orders of service.

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