ORGANISERS of a town Poppy Appeal have announced that they have broken their fundraising total – for a fifth consecutive year.

A record amount of £24,092.94 was raised in the Spennymoor area for the Royal British Legion's annual campaign to help support serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces and their families.

The main collecting point for the Poppy Appeal in Spennymoor is at the town’s Asda supermarket. More than 20 volunteers gave more than 150 hours together to run a stall which raised £12,247.31, which was a record collection for the store.

Asda's community colleague Donna Allinson worked with the two Poppy Appeal organisers Amanda and Pete Molloy to ensure they and their volunteers had everything they needed to make the 2019 a success.

Miss Allinson said: “It is always a pleasure to have the Poppy Appeal with its fantastic team that go above expectations every year, in our store and to set another collection record is brilliant, so I would like to thank all our customers for their generosity.”

As well as businesses and schools collecting for the Poppy Appeal, a lady had donated a poppy blanket that she had made to raffle, Spennymoor Town Football Club held an Armed Forces Day and a collection, a lady knitted her own poppies and donated all the profits and a Spennymoor 2019 poppy badge raised £2,171.55.

Mrs Molloy, who is responsible for setting up the Poppy Appeal stall in Asda and ensuring there are plenty of volunteers, was thrilled with another record year.

She said: “I can’t get over the amount that has been raised in the town, which just goes to show how dear people hold to their hearts what members of our armed forces have done.

"I would like to thank Donna and ASDA for their help and support, all our volunteers for their hard work during the Poppy Appeal, but most of all I would like to thank the people of Spennymoor and the surrounding area for being so generous to enable another record breaking collection.”