A DORSET care home has been praised for its “fantastic” efforts after raising more than £1,000 for the Royal British Legion (RBL).
Colten Care’s Avon Cliff organised a series of fundraising events during 2015 including a Mad Hatter’s tea party, a summer party barbecue and a Best of British quiz and supper evening.
Receiving a cheque for £1,018, Ian Jarvis, RBL’s Dorset Community Fundraiser, praised the work of staff, residents and relatives at the Bournemouth home..
He added: “The Legion needs £1.6 million every week of the year to spend on our beneficiaries.
“To raise over £1,000 is a fantastic figure and we’re very grateful to everyone at Avon Cliff.”
Mr Jarvis, who was accompanied by Andrew Arnold, Chairman of RBL’s Poole branch, and his wife, Margaret, Poole’s Poppy Appeal Organiser, said a record £646,000 had been raised for the Royal British Legion in Dorset in 2014/2015.
“The fundraising work of the Legion is so much more than the two weeks of the Poppy Appeal which is why donations, such as this one from Avon Cliff, is so important,” Mr Jarvis said.
Brian Knight, Avon Cliff’s Activity Organiser, said he was “chuffed to bits” with the money raised for the Royal British Legion.
“It’s nearly £180 more than we raised for our previous year’s charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, in 2014. My thanks to everyone, but especially our wonderful residents, for all their help and support,” he said.