Asda shoppers in South Shields raise £9,000 during Poppy Appeal

POPPIES ...Middle ASDA's Mavis Maughan presents cheque to left Walter Osguthorpe and right Ken Jackson South Shields British Legion.
POPPIES ...Middle ASDA's Mavis Maughan presents cheque to left Walter Osguthorpe and right Ken Jackson South Shields British Legion.

Bosses at a South Tyneside supermarket are thanking customers for helping them raise more than £9,000 during the Poppy Appeal.

Shoppers at Asda’s South Shields store handed over £9.630.03 to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

I feel really proud of the people of South Tyneside and all our shoppers who have helped to raise so much for such a worthy cause.

Mavis Maughan, Asda community life collegaue

Members of the Legion visited the shop, in Coronation Street, on Saturday to collect the funds which were raised over two weeks.

The store’s community colleague, Mavis Maughan, said: “We’ve had British Legion volunteers in the store for the last couple of weeks selling poppies in the foyer and we can’t believe how much money has been raised by our shoppers.

“I feel really proud of the people of South Tyneside and all our shoppers who have helped to raise so much for such a worthy cause.

“A lot of people will have probably already given elsewhere and still dug deep to make a donation when coming in to our store and we’re extremely grateful to them.

“Our shoppers raised over £9,000 all together, which is a fantastic amount of money, especially for this time of year.

“Times are tough anyway and now that it’s getting closer and closer to Christmas, people don’t have much spare cash, but you can always count on the shoppers at Asda South Shields to do what they can to help a worthy cause.”

Poppies are sold in the lead-up to Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

The money raised helps the Royal British Legion provide thousands of veterans, servicemen and women, and their families with vital advice and support.

Poppies represent not just the memory of fallen soldiers, but also the futures of the living.