South Yorkshire thanked after appeal target smashed

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Big-hearted Sheffield residents have helped the Royal British Legion smash its £1.5 million target for the annual Poppy Appeal.

Since October, people in South and West Yorkshire have dug deep to give over £1.6 million to the cause.

The money will help the legion continue providing direct welfare support and advice to the armed forces community.

Sue Smart, head of regional fundraising, said: “We are thrilled at the generosity of the people of Yorkshire.

“It’s a great achievement to say we have broken the £2 million target for the last four years and even more poignant this year as we commemorate 100 years since Britain entered the First World War.

“Every penny raised will make a huge difference to service personnel, veterans and their families.

“This will range from helping a young widow through an inquest to representing injured servicemen in their appeals for compensation.

“Across Yorkshire, we are currently helping more than 7,000 beneficiaries.

“So it is vital we keep raising money to stand shoulder to shoulder with them.”

The legion has now also launched a new freephone advice number on 0808 802 8080.