YOUNG people who helped raise a record £9,125 collected in Frodsham during last year’s Poppy Appeal have been awarded special trophies – presented for the first time to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Frodsham branch of the Royal British Legion.
The trophies – named in honour of two dedicated branch members – acknowledge the commitment and hard work of both the Frodsham Army Cadet Force and Frodsham Fire Cadets, who support the Poppy Appeal by taking collection tins on to the streets every November.
The Frank Aston Memorial Cup, for the cadet unit collecting most donations, went to Frodsham ACF.
The late Mr Aston – a Merchant Navy veteran who served on the Baltic Convoys during the Second World War – was one of the branch’s most enthusiastic members, said Frodsham RBL Poppy Appeal organiser Nick Boyall.
The first recipient of the Doris Quarterman Cup, awarded to the individual cadet who collects most donations for the Frodsham Poppy Appeal, was won by Fire Cadet Ellie Williamson.
Mrs Quarterman has been a leading and enthusiastic member of the branch for 61 years and has become a familiar figure on Frodsham Market days with her appeal collection tin.
“Mrs Quarterman is still an active member of the branch and continues to bring her experience and fresh ideas to our work,” said Mr Boyall.
The awards were presented at Frodsham’s Festival in the Park by retired town councillor and former mayor Brian Lloyd who said he was ‘honoured and delighted’ to become the RBL branch president last year.
He said: “The Frodsham branch works hard to organise remembrance events and the Poppy Appeal in Frodsham.
“Members are keen to get involved in community events, raising the profile of the RBL and its work, providing for our brave servicemen and women, past and present.
“I thank the people of Frodsham for their support and look forward to giving what help I can to this most deserving cause.”
To join the Frodsham branch of the RBL, contact membership secretary Diane Rigby on 01928 739935