Tunbridge Wells Royal British Legion’s record breaking year

    More than £48,000 has been raised in this year’s record-breaking Poppy Appeal for the Tunbridge Wells Royal British Legion.

    The charity has posted a figure that is 8 per cent up from this time last year in what is considered a 12 month-long campaign from October to September.

    Poppy sales provide the crux of the year’s fundraising total but other events are held to boost the takings such as picnics and sponsored walks.

    Appeal organiser Martin Bagge said the current figure of £48,391 is the highest total he has seen around Christmas time.

    “I am confident we are seeing a record year and I am delighted to say we have the support of volunteers and the people of Tunbridge Wells.

    “We are a volunteer team of 80 and we have additional support from Cadet groups.”

    Mr Bagge said across Tunbridge Wells borough 70,000 poppies were sold in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday on November 12.

    This included one man making £361 in one day from donations, the highest amount. The lowest amount raised by a volunteer in one shift was 6p.

    The Royal British Legion help improve the lives of former servicemen and servicewomen. This can include financial, emotional and social support.

    Many members of the charity are former members of the armed forces but some, such as Mr Bagge, have no connection and are simply looking to help out.