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Bishop's Stortford's Poppy Appeal duo to walk for donations




Bishop's Stortford's Poppy Appeal organisers are undertaking a sponsored 10-mile walk to boost the town's Remembrance fundraising.

Royal British Legion branch chairwoman Denise Hudson, who organises the annual collection, and her donations deputy Heidi Barden are keeping their route on Saturday (Oct 31) secret to ensure social distancing.

Denise said: "Our target is £1,000. Come on, Bishop's Stortford, let's see how much we can raise locally. We're sure together we can far exceed this target."

War Memorial, Bishop's Stortford. Poppy Appeal organiser Denise Hudson and commitee member Heidi Barden at the memorial. .Pic Vikki Lince. (42651631)
War Memorial, Bishop's Stortford. Poppy Appeal organiser Denise Hudson and commitee member Heidi Barden at the memorial. .Pic Vikki Lince. (42651631)

Last year Denise, Heidi and their team of volunteers raised more than £45,000 for veterans and members of the armed services, but Covid-19 restrictions mean poppy sellers will not be on the streets of Stortford this year.

The pandemic has curtailed other Legion fundraising as Remembrance Day approaches and Denise said alternative events like the walk were more important than ever: "The wider we spread the net the more money we can hopefully raise. We need people to spread the word as well as donate."

Cash or cheque donations, payable to TRBL Poppy Appeal, can be dropped off at funeral director Daniel Robinson & Sons, 79/81 South Street, weekdays between 10am and 4pm, and at the Stortford Indie office at 12 North Street weekdays 9am-5pm. Supporters can also donate online at https://mypoppyrun.britishlegion.org.uk/fundraising/MyPoppyRun2020-HeidiBarden .

Or take part in your own walk or run – for more details see rbl.org.uk/poppyappeal with an option to buy a T-shirt and medal.



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