Collectors set appeal record of £66,000

CHARITY collectors in North Tyneside have defied the threat of recession to raise a record amount of money.

Donations collected by the Whitley Bay and North Shields branch of the Royal British Legion for last year’s Poppy Appeal have now been totted up and checked and found to come to more than £66,000.

Branch vice-chairman Roslyn Hastie-Murray said “This is another fantastic achievement for the people of Whitley Bay, North Shields and Tynemouth, who continue to give generously every year.

“The money raised goes to help support those currently serving in Afghanistan and veterans of past conflicts and their families.

“Everyone who wears a poppy stands shoulder to shoulder with all who serve.”

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell said: “Once again, the Whitley Bay and North Shields branch of the Royal British Legion have raised a huge amount of money, and I understand it is the largest sum they have raised to date.

“It’s heartening that even in such difficult economic times local people are supporting servicemen and women and their families.

“We owe them a debt of gratitude, as we do the Royal British Legion, who work so tirelessly on their, and our, behalf.”

Anyone wanting to offer their help to the legion as it tries to top that total during this year’s Poppy Appeal can contact the branch on (0191) 251 3557 or via its website, www. whitleybaylegion.org.uk