British Legion Poppy collection pots have been stolen this year from Jacobinis, Zizzi’s, Over 60s Club, Chocolate Cafe, King’s Road Fish & Chip shop and the Christ Church Centre on 8 November where the culprit was caught on CCTV (above) showing him cutting through the cable ties surreptitiously. The empty pot was found discarded nearby.
Poppy Appeal organiser Richard Pinches said, “Words cannot describe how I feel about such lowly acts. I hope the culprits feel some remorse in the future.”
Despite this, this year’s Henley Poppy Appeal has raised around £25,000. Richard commented, “Annie Arscott and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to our loyal team of Poppy volunteers who went above and beyond to help us, come rain or shine the intrepid souls were out there. The town’s cadets were also about in force, which was very encouraging to see the youth, who are our future, take an interest in supporting such a worthy charity. The credit card readers were very handy as always, and the new QR codes also helped others donate to static boxes in shops.”
“We were amazed at the continuing generosity of the people donating. So many kind people still giving so generously, and for that we thank you from the very bottom of our hearts. It makes our efforts so mush easier knowing we have the support of the townspeople. We also would like to thank the Henley Town council and the Town Hall staff for supporting our appeal and kindly offering space to run our operations from, it made a superb HQ for the duration.”