Poppy appeal raises more than £700,000
MORE than £700,000 has been raised in the latest Poppy Appeal.
Figures released by the Royal British Legion show that the most recent appeal, launched in November, has raised the a total of £734,660/
Of that, £599,444 was raised throughout the county and £135,216 within the city
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The money is used to provide financial, social and emotional support to former and current service personnel and their families, helping with issues from counselling and job retraining to nursing care and war grave visits.
But it can also be used to help former soldiers find homes, furnish them and pay for vital 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 but was still an amazing effort.
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 to spend, this shows just how charitable people in Derbyshire are."