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A Chesterfield-based East Midlands Trains employee is calling for the public to support this year’s Poppy Appeal and help him to reach a £100,000 charity fund-raising target.
Keen charity collector and ticket office Ron Wiltshire, has raised £75,000 for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal over the past eight years. This year, which marks the centenary of the start of World War One, Ron has set himself a challenging target of raising £25,000 to help him reach the big £100,000 target.
Throughout this year, Ron and a number of his East Midlands Trains’ colleagues will be on trains across the network selling commemorative 1914-2014 metal poppy badges to passengers and colleagues. The badges can also be purchased from Chesterfield, Nottingham, Leicester and St Pancras ticket offices for a minimum donation of just £2. The badges are used to raise money to provide care and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.
Speaking about this year’s appeal, Ron Wiltshire said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support I’ve received over the years from East Midlands Trains, my colleagues and our passengers. I’ll be hanging up my collector’s boots this year but before I finish, I’ve set myself a target of raising £25,000 over the year to take the total up to a huge £100,000.
“Sales are going well so far but I’d urge people to pop down to either Chesterfield, Nottingham, Leicester or St Pancras stations to pick up their badge, or look out for either myself or one of my team of willing volunteers selling the badges on our trains.”
Neil Micklethwaite, Customer Service & Commercial Director for East Midlands Trains, added: “We’re proud of the work Ron has done over the years in supporting the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. This marks a significant year for the Appeal and we hope that people will support Ron and the Appeal by making a small donation in return for one of the badges.”