Generous shoppers went the extra mile to help veterans and contribution to a record-breaking Poppy Appeal effort.
Residents in Haydock dug deep to raise thousands of pounds through collections organised by the Ashton branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL).
The branch’s fortnight of fund-raising brought in a total of more than £48,100, smashing the previous highest total of around £37,000.
Shoppers in Haydock played their part, with bucket collections at Costco raising £10,021 and the Tesco supermarket chipping in £9,001, an increase of almost £1,000 on the previous appeal.
Bucket collections during two meetings at Haydock Park Racecourse also brought in £4,627.
Rotary Club members from Newton-le-Willows and Haydock were joined by cadets’ groups from Newton and St Helens, Rangers and Guides wielding collection buckets.
We had two amazing weeks in Haydock, with Costco leading the way and Tesco breaking new groundRBL Ashton chair John Burns
RBL Ashton chair John Burns said: “We had two amazing weeks in Haydock, with Costco leading the way and Tesco breaking new ground.
“We had a lot of support from volunteers from various organisations, and we would like to thank all the individuals who gave up their time to work alongside our Legion members.
“That is not to forget the staff of the shops with collections and most importantly the customers who donated. On behalf of the Royal British Legion and our beneficiaries thank you to all.”
The annual Poppy Appeal raises millions of pounds for veterans and their families by funding services run by the RBL.
These include bereavement services for loved ones and relatives of those who have been killed on duty and help for veterans struggling with issues in civilian life such as housing, benefits and employment.