A RECORD amount was raised in Burnley and Padiham for this year’s Poppy Appeal.
The collection, organised by local branches of the Royal British Legion, raised £36,392 – more than has ever been raised in the area.
The money will go into the RBL national charity pot and distributed across the country to help service men and women and veterans who need help.
Organisers Steven Smith and Tom Norris praised the generosity of local folk for digging deep despite the uncertain economic climate.
A cheque was presented to the RBL at Burnley’s Army Careers office in Yorkshire Street.
Mr Smith said: “We would like to thank everyone who supported during the appeal, whether through collecting, manning poppy stalls or donating.
“The generosity of the Burnley and Padiham public has really shone through at a difficult time for everybody. The money goes to the RBL’s charity arm and nothing is taken out for administration costs. It is all spent throughout Britain to help serving and former service men and women.
“It is an excellent cause and everyone is very grateful.”