Legion of supporters help bring in £75k

Local army, sea and air cadets join scouts and Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell to hand over the cheque to Marcus Hawthorn and Mervyn Lisher of the Royal British Legion. Picture by Briony Murray.
Local army, sea and air cadets join scouts and Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell to hand over the cheque to Marcus Hawthorn and Mervyn Lisher of the Royal British Legion. Picture by Briony Murray.

Thousands of pounds has been raised to help current and former servicemen thanks to the generosity of residents.

Members of the Whitley Bay and North Shields branches of the Royal British Legion held their annual Poppy Appeal presentation eventing, which saw more than £75,600 raised.

Branch vice-chairman Roslyn Hastie-Murray thanked the people of North Shields, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay for their support.

She said: “The people of this area have raised a tremendous amount towards the Poppy Appeal once again.

“It is important that we all remember the fallen in November, but we must not forget the work of the Legion goes on throughout the year.”

There was also praise for Poppy Appeal organiser Mervyn Lisher and the team of volunteers, including the cadet and youth organisations who man stall and distribute poppies in November.

Money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes directly to the welfare work of the Royal British Legion, providing through life care to anyone who is currently serving in the British Armed Forces, who has previously served, and their families.