Grantham poppy appeal set to surpass last year’s total

Don Mackay and Grace Knightall of The Royal British Legion's Grantham branch lay wreaths during the Remembrance ceremony at St Wulfram's
Don Mackay and Grace Knightall of The Royal British Legion's Grantham branch lay wreaths during the Remembrance ceremony at St Wulfram's
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The Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal organiser for Grantham has expressed her delight at how much money has been raised this year.

The funds are still pouring in and being added up, but Grace Knightall reports that so far they have already collected £27,679, just shy of the whole amount collected last year.

Mrs Knightall is therefore confident that this year’s final total will be well in excess of previous years, and said: “It has been wonderful as always but this year, being what it is with the 100 year anniversary, everyone has being doing that bit extra.”

Moreover Mrs Knightall is full of praise for all the different ways people have found to raise money, with everything from knitted and crocheted poppies to the particularly successful sale of poppy-themed stationary in schools that has generated around £3,000 in the Grantham area.

On the other hand the Royal British Legion have reacted to news of poppy collection boxes being stolen from Grantham fire station and the Claypole home of one of their volunteers.

There is also an ongoing police investigation into whether a man dressed in army uniform took donations for his own benefit at Grantham hospital.

Mrs Knightall added: “It makes me very cross that anyone can take money from our charity, or any other charity. And there is often only a few pounds in the boxes, so I can’t understand why they do it.”