A ‘staggering sum’ has been raised by the girls at a Kedington guides group for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
A presentation was made on Saturday, February 7 at Haverhill library to congratulate the 1st Kedington Rangers guiding group, who had raised £6,778 for the appeal since August 2014.
The girls took part in challenges to raise money and awareness for the Poppy Appeal on the 100th anniversary of the declaration of World War One.
In the process, they surpassed their fundraising record of £2,000 which they raised in 2013.
“At the start of the 2013 they decided that actually they wanted to make a challenge of their own,” said Sarah Sprigg, the leader in charge of the 1st Kedington Rangers. “So I said go for it.
“After a planning session it was decided that it would be a badge to support a charity to make a difference to our community and the charity decided on The Royal British Legion as it would be topical for the time of our launch at the beginning of the autumn term.”
Haverhill Mayor, Roger André, presented the guides with a certificate to congratulate them for their fundraising efforts.
“I am delighted that young people are engaging with the Royal British Legion in raising funds and promoting the Poppy Appeal,” he said. “The Kedington Rangers have raised a staggering £6,778 for the Poppy Appeal and provided a challenge for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers across the world.
“In addition to the sum raised directly by them there is no knowing how much more has been raised by those responding to the challenge. It’s still on going. They’ve got other groups involved online as far away as Australia.
“We can all be justifiably proud of these young ambassadors of our community.”
Brian Thomas, of the Royal British Legion, said: “I’ve been doing this since before 1996,
“I have never seen anybody raising anything like that.
“We wanted to do something to recognise what they, and others in Haverhill, have done.”