GALLERY: Hundreds walk and skate Mini March for Honour in Fenland village for Poppy Appeal
NEARLY 200 people braved the autumn weather to show their support for British servicemen in a Mini March for Honour in a Fenland village.
Paula Knott helped organise the Doddington walk, now in its second year, with several teenagers who wanted to remember forces personnel in a less morbid way.
More than �400 was raised for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal by the walk and a raffle, which inlcuded meals at The Griffin, the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, the Wetherspoons and The George, in Doddington, and beauty treatments from Thai Touch, in Chatteris, as prizes.
“The walk is about showing support for our troops, not just about raising money,” Mrs Knott said, “It was a little disappointing that not as many people turned up as last year which was probably down to the poor weather forecast.
“It was really good to see everyone turn up and see the great community spirit and the good thing is that it is run by the chidlren.”
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An additional �264 was raised by Ben and Jack Emmett and their friend Lee who let Chelsea from Beauty Boutique, in March, wax parts of their body. Mrs Knott said: “Lee had his chest done, Jack had his legs and worst of all, Ben had his under arms waxed. He thought he got it easy but was soon to find out he picked the short straw which is why we did the waxing after the walk.”
Mrs Knott said that although the Royal British Legion is celebrating its 90th birthday this year, the anniversary isn’t any more poignant than any other as each year brings a different understanding to everyone who takes part.
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She said: “The walk started last year when some of the children in the village asked why Rememberance has to be so morbid when all the servicemen are so jolly, even the ones who have lost limbs.”