This year’s Poppy Appeal achieved almost £18,000 - £2,500 more than was raised in 2012.
Times are tough but the Bexhill branch of the Royal British Legion is still seeing money roll in with the total so far at £17,938.
The branch’s welfare officer Ted King said: “We wish to thank all the shops, businesses, schools and rest homes in our area that took collection boxes to display. Apart from the ‘regulars’ we also gained several new outlets that wished to help this year, and more boxes were delivered this year than at any time I can recall.
“From our box deliverers and box collectors, to all those wonderful volunteers of all ages, that gave up their time to stand at points collecting throughout the town, often in dreadful weather, but always with a smile. Our thanks to the ACF and Scouts who turned out, and we are grateful to the organisers of the Farmers Market who offered us the use of of a stall in Devonshire Square.
“Of course all the money has to be counted and bagged by hand, then recorded and banked. With over 300 collecting tins being emptied over a four day period, this is the end product of our busiest time of the year. We have a group that each year carry out this function, again our thanks to them, and to the Comrades Club for their help.
“To the people of Bexhill, who have once again demonstrated their overwhelming generosity of donations and kindness. The Chairman, committee, and Poppy Appeal organisers of the Bexhill Branch, thank you on behalf of those ex-service men and women who will benefit from the Appeal 2013.”