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Manx claim cup for Poppy Appeal generosity

RBL chairman of Port Erin Branch, Sheila Pilling, receives the National Trophy from RBL national chairman John Crisford

RBL chairman of Port Erin Branch, Sheila Pilling, receives the National Trophy from RBL national chairman John Crisford

  • by Katie Lee
 

The Isle of Man has been awarded the National Poppy Appeal Trophy for the 39th time at the Royal British Legion National Conference in Torquay.

It was awarded for the highest collection per head of population in 2012-13 for the Poppy Appeal.

The total raised by island residents was £108,366.90.

The Isle of Man branch thanked people for their ‘loyal and continued support’ for the charity, which spends £1.5 million every week in welfare support on ex-service personnel and their dependants, some of whom are Manx.

Poppy organisers and collectors were also thanked for their hard word in raising funds each year.

The 2013-14 Poppy Appeal ends on September 30.

Audrey Brown MBE, Poppy Appeal co-ordinator for the Isle of Man, said: ‘We are still raising money, as we do all the year round, as well as contributing towards helping those who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces, also in the hope of winning the National Trophy again next year and keeping up the island’s wonderful reputation for being a generous nation.’

Donations can be made at RBL branches or to Mrs Brown, Poppy Appeal co-ordinator for the Isle of Man, Casa Mia, Main Road, Glen Vine, IM4 4AZ.

 

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