A POPPY-clad couple who put in a lot of time each November collecting for the Royal British Legion are hoping to beat last year’s fantastic record.
Sandra Broad, 70, and her partner Phil Crawley-Moore, 67, were among the volunteer collectors in Harrow who together raised a staggering £62,000 last year – and have their energy and Ms Broad’s skills as a seamstress to thank.
Ms Broad, of Hornbuckle Close, Harrow, spent 20 hours making a dress covered with 2,000 poppies, and Mr Moore a matching waistcoat. They rivalled similar costumes she made last year in a bid to draw donations from shoppers in Harrow town centre.
The pair are dedicated to collecting for the legion but Ms Broad said this year she is worried the borough will not beat last year’s result after one of the boxes was stolen from a church.
She added: “Last year, we raised £62,185.09 and everyone was so generous. I don’t know if we will make it, but people have been really generous.”
Ms Broad visits schools in the borough and has taken part in the remembrance parade in Harrow for many years, and was at the service in Harrow on Hill on Saturday.
The couple collect for the Poppy Appeal, which supports people in the armed forces and their families, in the town centre each year, joined by a friend with a motorcycle covered in poppies.
However, this year’s new-style poppies have proved more difficult in attaching to clothing.
Ms Broad said: “I had the other poppies on the dress for two years and I said I would change them, so this year I did. But they are the new stick-on ones and they fall off everywhere. I am leaving a trail of poppies wherever I go.”
It took five hours to take the 2,000 poppies off the dress and another 15 to attach the new ones, she said.
n See pages 6, 7 and 20 for our Remembrance Sunday coverage.