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Derbyshire Poppy Appeal to be boosted by auction

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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PEOPLE who dig deep to raise cash for members of the armed forces past and present could win themselves a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity.

Members of the Melbourne Royal British Legion have announced details of a special 'auction of promises' to boost the coffers of the Derbyshire Poppy Appeal.

One of the main prizes will be the chance to enjoy a trip to the base of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

It comes as the Melbourne Marksmen, a club which promotes the safe use of air guns, revealed that it had raised £775 for the Poppy Appeal by holding a fair at Melbourne Royal British Legion Club, in Derby Road.

Christine Selden, community fund-raiser for Derbyshire, said: "I'm delighted that the Melbourne Marksmen have chosen to support us again with their fund-raising fair. This is a fantastic boost to the Poppy Appeal as we approach Remembrance and commemorate also the centenary of the start of the First World War."

Co-founded four years ago by John Watson, the current club secretary, the Melbourne Marksmen meet every Thursday evening at the Royal British Legion Club and attract people from all over the UK to fund-raising events.

The venue will also be hosting its fund-raising auction on September 27.

The main prize will be a tour to get "up close and personal" with planes such as a Spitfires and Hurricanes at RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire.

The group has also organised a motorcycle ride from 11.30am on October 26 in support of the Poppy Appeal and charity Me & Dee. Details of both events can be found online at www. facebook.com/DerbyshirePoppy

More information on the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is available at www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/

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