Quarry Bank Royal British Legion raises over £25,000 for poppy appeal

QUARRY Bank Royal British Legion raised more than £25,000 for this year''s poppy appeal.

Dedicated volunteers coined in £25,548.89 for armed forces heroes at Asda at Brierley Hill, Sainsburys at Merry Hill and also in Merry Hill shopping centre in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday.

Branch events officer Gloria Donovan said: "It's not a bad amount for a small branch without a club. People were very generous. They are every year but seemed more so this year."

The total was nearly £3,000 up on last year's £22,750 figure.

Branch secretary Eric Homer said: "I would like to thank the people of Quarry Bank and Brierley Hill for their very generous donations for the 2013 poppy appeal."

Meanwhile youngsters at Quarry Bank Primary School were named winners of the branch's Daniel Probyn Memorial Shield.

Pupils raised £295.80 - netting them the trophy which is awarded annually to the school raking in the highest amount for the branch's poppy appeal.

The award was created in memory of 22-year-old soldier Daniel Probyn, whose family live in Brierley Hill, who was killed in 2007 while fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

This year marks the first time Quarry Bank Primary has won the shield which was bagged for five consecutive years by Mount Pleasant Primary School.

Last year they scooped the runners up award - The Charles Scott Memorial Trophy - which remembers 86-year-old D-Day veteran and branch president Mr Scott who died in 2009 after raising more than £150,000 for the poppy appeal during the last years of his life.

This time the Charles Scott trophy went to youngsters at Withymoor Primary School who raised £96.93.

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