Calendar made in memory of fallen soldier raises cash for Poppy Appeal
A CALENDAR produced in memory of a fallen Derbyshire soldier has raised £8,500 for the Poppy Appeal – pushing the total raised in Derbyshire to more than £700,000.
Lisa Aston, sister-in-law of Corporal Russell Aston, who died serving in Iraq, presented a cheque to the appeal organisers on Saturday.
The money was raised from the sale of a calendar featuring photos of women in military uniforms, the idea for which came from Lisa.
The donation brings the total raised in Derbyshire for the most recent Poppy Appeal – organised by the Royal British Legion – to £734,660.
During a presentation at the Mickleover Royal British Legion club, she said: "In the past, I've raised cash through taking on 11-mile Army tabs, but putting this calendar together was just as tough. We worked on it every day.
"Now we have a framework and we'll be working on another calendar and will hopefully raise even more."
Corporal Aston, of Newhall, who died in 2003, was one of six members of the Royal Military Police shot dead during protests in Al Majar al-Kabir, near Basra.
The 30-year-old was in a group of soldiers defending a police station which came under attack.
Poppy Appeal cash is used to support former and current service personnel and their families, helping with issues from counselling and job retraining to nursing care and war grave visits.
It can also be used to help ex-soldiers find homes and pay for medical equipment.
Tina Nyirenda, regional supervisor and licensing officer for the Royal British Legion, said the amount was slightly down on last year's figure of £817,000.
She said: "Last year was the Royal British Legion's 90th anniversary so people put in a special effort.
"But considering the economic difficulty and the lack of money people have, this shows just how charitable people in Derbyshire are."