The Poppy Appeal in Holsworthy
Holsworthy Branch has shown its fundraising skills by once again improving on its Poppy Appeal total. We've topped [£8682.68] passing last year's final total of [£8228.27].
So well done everybody, and a big Thank You to all the people of Holsworthy who have been so generous again.
Anyone interested in helping in the next Poppy Appeal should contact our Poppy Appeal Organiser, Mr Pete Lambourn.
History of the Poppy Appeal in Holsworthy
In 1923 the British Legion Committee asked the Misses Kivell to undertake the sale of poppies for Remembrance Day, which may probably be considered to be the beginning of the Holsworthy Poppy Appeal. Shortly afterwards, in 1927 Miss M Trible MBE and Miss M Piper started collecting and were still collecting in 2001 after 73 years.
By 1969, under the organisation of Mrs Mary Owen, our collectors were collecting £261.12s.3d. If of course this is compared with collections today, we find that some individual collectors are bringing in more than this each, bringing a total of over £4.000 in several recent years. In the Holsworthy area, 10 local villages all contribute to this collection, involving 33 individual collectors.
Over the many years, many collectors received awards going from the 5 year Certificate up to 73 years Brooch and Bars. Mrs Marg Hunt who collected for 43 years, retired in 2004, after 8 years as Poppy Appeal Organiser, raising over £30,000 in the Holsworthy District during this time.