‘Generous’ Midhurst poppy appeal collects £23,000

Midhurst fell silent on Remembrance Sunday to remember those who lost their lives in conflicts PICTURE BY JOANNA CLEEVE PHOTOGRAPHY SUS-141011-125310001
Midhurst fell silent on Remembrance Sunday to remember those who lost their lives in conflicts PICTURE BY JOANNA CLEEVE PHOTOGRAPHY SUS-141011-125310001

POPPY Appeal organiser for the Midhurst and District branch of the Royal British Legion Arthur Douglas-Nugent has reported a generous collection for 2014, the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war.

He said the collection had so far reached the ‘magic’ figure of £23,000 with more to come.

“This exceeds last year’s total by about £3,000 and is a marvellous tribute to the generosity of all those within our district.”

He said all of the money would go towards helping those who had served in the Armed Services and their dependents.

“We not only remember them, but we also help them.”

This year in addition to the traditional Remembrance Services at Midhurst, Woolbeding and Easebourne there was a poignant service at Midhurst Rother College to unveil a plaque in memory of former Midhurst Grammar School pupil Cpl David O’Connor who was killed in Afghanistan.