King’s Lynn poppy wall hits cash heights

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Thousands of pounds was raised for Lynn’s Royal British Legion by people placing poppies on a mural and making donations in the Vancouver Quarter shopping centre.

The commemorative community wall was housed in a unit on New Conduit Street in the run up to Remembrance Sunday and more than £5,500 was raised for the charity that supports service personnel, their families and veterans.

It was the third time the Vancouver Quarter has hosted the Poppy Wall that encourages people to pause and remember all those who have fought in conflicts.

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter Centre manager, said: “We were absolutely delighted by the large number of people who keen to show their support and pay their respects by sticking a poppy on the wall and making donations.”

David Norman, chairman of the Royal British Legion’s branch in Lynn said: “It is important that we remember all those who fought in all conflicts since 1914.”

Two West Norfolk charities have been handed money from the shopping centre as Lynn businesses gear up to take part in a series of challenges.

Lynn Foodbank and West Norfolk Mind both received £200 after being selected by the winners of the 2016 challenge series, which were Ward Gethin Archer and Primark.

Maarten Klem, project co-ordinator at Lynn Foodbank, said: “We’re really thankful to the Vancouver Quarter and Ward Gethin Archer for their generosity. We’ll be using the money to help local people in crisis in the year ahead.”

Zena Penty, volunteer co-ordinator at West Norfolk Mind, said: “We would like to congratulate Primark on their success and are delighted that they chose to support West Norfolk Mind.”

The 2017 series begins with pancake racing on Tuesday, February 28. Other challenges will include the egg-and-spoon racing in April, beat the goalie in July and a mystery challenge in October.

Any businesses interested in taking part should email: info@vancouverquarter.com