Somerset biker's Poppy Appeal drive has extra rev
Poppy seller Doug Young left his motorbike behind in the garage and used his two feet to collect £421.78 in this year’s annual poppy appeal.
As well as supporting the appeal Doug is also a member of the motorcycle branch of the Royal British Legion and takes his Suzuki machine to repatriation ceremonies to remember service personnel who have lost their lives.
Doug, who lives in Midsomer Norton, served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during the first Gulf War in 1991 as well as in Ireland and Germany, helping to keep troops on the move.
He said: “Motorcycles have been my life since the age of 16 and when I was serving in the Army I used to repair them.
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“I am now proud to be a member of the motorcycle branch and we ride to support the repatriation ceremonies that now take place at Brize Norton.”
The Midsomer Norton and Radstock branch has so far raised £14,857 through the poppy collection with Gerald Padfield raising a record £714 at his usual Lidl collection point.
Poppy organiser Heather Bray said the appeal had been supported by individuals and organisations.
One collector, Lorna Wilkinson, had travelled from her new home in Kent to stay with relatives and keep her promise to collect in the Peasedown St John area.
She said: “Once again our heartfelt thanks to our regular collector and counters, both individuals and organisations such as the Somer Valley Rotary Club at Radstock Co-op and the Midsomer Norton Tesco and the Army Cadets across Midsomer Norton.
“We have also had new helpers from the Air Cadets, Beavers, Scouts and Brownies.”