Dearne folk rally to support military charity

Frank Knapton MBE, of Mexborough stands infront of the River Don as he is complaining about the smell caused by a sewerage spill. Picture: Andrew Roe

Frank Knapton MBE, of Mexborough stands infront of the River Don as he is complaining about the smell caused by a sewerage spill. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Generous Dearne residents donated more than £25, 000 in just two weeks during last year’s Poppy Appeal to help serving and former members of the armed forces.

Figures just released revealed collections in the Mexborough, Swinton, Wath and Kilnhurst areas totalled £27, 395 during the fortnight leading up to Remembrance Sunday last November.

Members of the Mexbrough, Swinton and Kilnhurst branch of the Royal British Legion said the whopping amount was much higher than in recent years and praised the public for their support.

Branch spokesman Frank Knapton MBE, 78, of Morton Road, Mexborough, said: “This is a fantastic amount and was higher than in previous years.

“We don’t usually publish the results so I’m not entirely sure how it compares with other years, but it is more.

“I think this is because it was the centenary anniversary since the outbreak of the First World War so it was perhaps at the forefront of peoples minds more so than usual.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who bought a poppy.

“The money is going to an excellent cause.”

In split areas, a whopping £18, 264.82 was raised in Wath, £6, 347 in Mexborough and £2, 784 across Swinton and Kilnhurst.

The funds will be sent to the organisation’s London headquarters.

The money will be used in a number of ways, including going towards helping injured members of the armed forces with their rehabilitation, veterans who have fallen on hard times and families of service personnel.

The organisation had about 50 members collecting for the poppy appeal, and they would like new volunteers to come forward.

Mr Knapton said: “We were very well supported last year and we want that momentum to continue next year. We would also like new members to join. It is open to anyone, not just armed forces personnel.

“Please come along to our next meeting.”

Branch meetings are held at the LNER Social Club, Rowms Lane, Mexborough, on the third Sunday of every month at 11am.