Bury St Edmunds Poppy Appeal receives boost after police officer sells over 100 specially commissioned badges
The Bury St Edmunds Poppy Appeal received a fund-raising boost after a police officer sold more than 100 specially commissioned badges.
PC Emily Bean raised £440.02 for the appeal after selling 110 poppy badges with the Suffolk Constabulary crest to her colleagues in the west of the county over two months.
She and Superintendent Simon Mills presented a cheque to Pip Davies, honorary poppy appeal organiser, at Bury St Edmunds police station in Raingate Street.
Mrs Davies said it was a welcome boost in a changed fund-raising landscape due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m very touched,” she said.
“It’s always nice when people raise funds outside the Poppy Appeal. It was a lovely surprise and in amongst what they all have to do, they’re still trying to fund-raise for a good cause. We’re very humbled.”
PC Bean, whose grandfathers served in the Second World War, said: “I’ve always been really supportive of the Royal British Legion. If it wasn’t for all the officers and staff who bought them, we wouldn’t have raised the money.”
Supt Mills served in the Army Air Corps at Wattisham for five and a half years.
He said: “It’s really important to recognise the work the Royal British Legion do in supporting our veterans in a critical time of need.
“Having come from an Army background myself it resonates with me. This is a small part the constabulary can play in paying our respects to what they do.”
Since Mrs Davies started as appeal organiser in 2016, they have raised £249,207 with £58,274 last year.
Due to the pandemic, their work is on a smaller scale with less than 100 collecting pots compared to the usual 300 for the Bury St Edmunds area.
A Poppy Appeal market stall can be found near Moyse’s Hall Museum on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Mrs Davies said the stall’s first Saturday at the weekend went ‘very well’ and praised people’s ‘generosity’.
The stall will be on the market until Saturday, November 7. Cash and contactless donations are accepted.
Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s, in Bedingfeld Way, has merchandise and poppies and Tesco, at St Saviour’s Interchange, is selling poppies and enamel pins. Tesco Express branches will all be selling poppies.
Enamel pins and poppies will also be sold at: Moyse’s Hall Museum, Gerald Boughton, Baileys 2, Moreton Hall Post Office, Court News, Allison’s Eatery, The Woolpack Fornham St Martin, Curry’s Service Centre and Rougham Village Post Office.
Mrs Davies has asked for updates on people’s Poppy Appeal activities via the Bury St Edmunds Poppy Appeal Facebook page .