Poppy champions crowned

(L to R) Cadet Alex Thomson and Cadet Ross Watson with Air Vice Marshal Sandy Hunter.
(L to R) Cadet Alex Thomson and Cadet Ross Watson with Air Vice Marshal Sandy Hunter.

HARD-WORKING Morpeth cadets have been crowned Poppy champions for their fund-raising efforts.

Youngsters gathered at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle as cadet and youth groups from across the region were recognised for their contribution to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal last year.

And there was a special honour for the Morpeth Detachment Army Cadet Force as it collected the most funds in Northumberland.

The team collected £4,184 in the appeal — almost 60 per cent of the Legion’s Morpeth branch total of £7,300.

However, more than 40 units of the Air Training Corps, Army Cadet Force and Sea Cadets Corps took part in the Lord Lieutenant’s Youth Awards ceremony in appreciation of their support for the Poppy fund.

Each received a certificate signed by the Lord Lieutenant of their county — the Duchess of Northumberland in the case of the Northumberland groups.

Together they raised more than £60,000 for the Poppy Appeal.

North East Manager of the Royal British Legion Andrew Drake said: “Congratulations to all these young people who have given up their spare time to raise money for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

“All too often young people receive bad press, but these youngsters must be applauded for making a real difference in their community and on behalf of the Royal British Legion I would like to thank them for backing an incredibly worthwhile cause.

“The Poppy Appeal takes place once a year, but the services it funds run all year round.

“It is crucial therefore that we have the support of fund-raisers like these tremendous young people so we can continue to give support to those people who have served and continue to serve their country.”

The appeal raises money for the care and support of serving and former members of the Armed Forces, regulars, reserves and Territorial Army, and their families.

To make a donation to the Royal British Legion call 0191 4959510.