The Scottish Poppy Appeal in the Auchterarder area in this centenary year of the WW1 armistice has been remarkably successful. People have been very generous. £6,180 has been sent to the Earl Haig Fund from the local community, a 19% increase on 2017 and 37% up on the average over the previous 8 years.
I am really grateful to the volunteers who have given their time and shoe leather in carrying out house-to-house and street collections, including the Army Cadet Force. It is estimated that well over 400 people attended the service of remembrance and the collection from the ecumenical service in the Parish Church was £970.
This year over 50 outlets presented poppy cans stretching from Gleneagles Hotel to the Aberuthven Village Shop. I would like to thank all of them – hotels, shops, cafes, bars, care homes, the health centre and other organisations in the Lang Toon’s area. Grateful thanks must also go to those in the community who donated to the appeal. Their generosity will provide vital help and allows Poppyscotland to provide life-changing support to our Armed Forces community.
If any local reader would like to help with next year’s appeal in some way, please contact David Homewood on 01764 663049. Currently, there is no house-to-house collection volunteer in North Crofts area.