Midhurst Poppy Appeal team clock up £264,000

Royal British Legion annual awards party
Royal British Legion annual awards party

THE Royal British Legion Midhurst and District Branch held their annual Poppy awards party at Capron House.

Guest of honour this year was Group Captain Derek North (RAF, retired), who is the president of The Royal British Legion’s Sussex arm, and also a deputy lieutenant.

He gave a short talk on the Poppy Appeal and presented the awards to the winners

who were present during the evening.

Group Captain North paid tribute to Brigadier Arthur Douglas-Nugent, the poppy appeal organiser for Midhurst and district for the past 20 years, and presented him with an award and certificate from the national president of the Royal British Legion.

Although he understood that the results had been achieved by the team, it was Brigadier Douglas-Nugent who had organised and led the volunteers, and who had over his time in charge collected more than £264,000 for the Poppy Appeal.

This was, he said, an incredible achievement and he thanked everyone concerned, including the people of Midhurst for their generosity.

Jackie Clarke, of the Citizens Advice Bureau, spoke of her role in the Chichester area and the financial advice she can give to ex-military personnel..

The evening continued with a band concert in Capron House garden given by the Royal British Legion, Horsham Band and the programme included military music together with music from stage and screen.

During the interval Chris Wigley, the retiring president of the Midhurst Rotary Club, presented a cheque for £500 to Brigadier Douglas-Nugent to add to Poppy Appeal funds.