Society steps in to refund poppy cash

Ipswich Building Society has donated �100 to the Poppy Appeal after The Evening Star reported how a collection tin had been stolen from a seafront hotel.

FELIXSTOWE: Ipswich Building Society has donated �100 to the Poppy Appeal after The Evening Star reported how a collection tin had been stolen from a seafront hotel.

The box was taken from the Marlborough Hotel during the 24th annual reunion of the Royal Anglian Regiment on Saturday, October 24 - the day the Poppy Appeal was launched.

It had only been on the reception desk for a few hours before the theft took place.

Dawn Kemp, Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal organiser for Felixstowe, branded the theft as “absolutely disgusting”.


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Following the �100 donation, she said: “We are absolutely delighted that Ipswich Building Society has helped us in this way.

“Losing the previous tin was a real blow, but thanks to the support of the society, we will be able to carry on supporting the Royal British Legion's charity work. We couldn't thank them enough.”

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Ipswich Building Society's finance director Kieron Blackburn said: “The theft of money intended to support ex-servicemen and their families is bad enough, but to steal this money during the Royal Anglian reunion is truly shocking.

“As both a member of the Territorial Army, and a director at Ipswich Building Society I am delighted to make this donation and show our support for the Royal British Legion.”

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