THE POPPY Appeal was aiming to raise a record £43 million in UK this year. To help reach that target, over 150,000 volunteers were out on the streets, markets and in shopping centres across the UK and many European countries including here in Spain.
Although local branches have been busy raising funds for those needy ex-servicemen and their dependants since the beginning of the year, their activities have increased dramatically in recent weeks as they set out on their final fundraising efforts of the year with the Poppy Appeal here in District Spain (North).
In Spain the members from 30 branches, 12 on the Costa del Sol, and the remainder from the areas that make up Spain District North, predominantly the Costa Blanca, Calida and Almeria, have also been busy during recent weeks, collecting your thousands of donations.
With poppies and collection boxes distributed to over 550 bars, restaurants and other locations across the region, the three local branches mobilised their armies of volunteers, in Mid-October. They were active at Alicante airport, as well as pounding the streets at local markets, many supermarkets and shops, and dozens of other venues and collection outlets.
Last year, branches based in Marina/Gran Alacant, Torrevieja and the Orihuela Costa raised over €73,000, a figure that this hoped to be well surpassed when the final amounts are counted.
On the Orihuela Costa the appeal was boosted by the presence of two Chelsea Pensioners, Wayne Campbell and Skippy Teasdale, who were collecting at La Zenia Boulevard and in the Plaza at Villamartin.
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