MEMBERS of Accrington Royal British Legion were delighted when they scooped a top award after raising nearly £30,000 in just three years.
Since 2004 the annual Poppy Appeal has gone from strength to strength, with an impressive £11,000 being raised from last year’s efforts.
And now the branch has been presented with the George Haffner Poppy Trophy in recognition of its efforts.
Collectors including Poppy Appeal organiser Heather Major and her deputy Graham Radcliffe took a trip to Leyland where they received their award at the Royal British Legion’s annual general meeting.
Afterwards, a party was held in their honour at Accrington’s Nag’s Head pub.
Heather said: “I am really delighted with how much money we have raised over the last three years. Between 2004 and 2006 we averaged between £6,000 and £8,000 every year.
“Last year I jokingly told the committee that we wouldn’t be happy unless we got £10,000 and that’s exactly what we managed to do.
“Everyone has been really generous and I have been lucky enough to have an excellent group of people working with me to collect the money. It has been a lot of fun and I could not have done it without them.”