WELLINGTON Town Council’s newly opened Pop-Up shop has proved a great success for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal fundraising campaign this year.

More than £3,000 has been raised by people visiting the shop - twice the usual amount raised, with another £10,000 raised from other fundraising around the town.

Linda Trickey, Wellington’s Poppy Appeal organiser, said: “Having a shop has made such a difference to our fundraising efforts’ and she looks forward to having the shop again for next year as it has been such a great success.

“Other fund-raising around the town has contributed to a superb total of £13,165.00 so far with more to collect.

The Poppy Appeal team decorated the shop interior and shop windows with a range of fund-raising merchandise including poppies, wreaths, badges and brooches. Visitors to the shop have also donated photos and other memorabilia.

Linda and her team of volunteers have received very positive feedback with a steady stream of people coming in.

The charity moved in to the in the newly opened Pop-Up Shop October 23 closed on 15 November 15.

Ms Trickey expressed her thanks to all the volunteers, including those who manned stalls in the Co-op and Asda.

The town council said it has been delighted to welcome the Poppy Appeal to its brand-new Pop-Up Shop, right in the heart of Wellington town centre.

Mayor Janet Lloyd said: “Councillors and town representatives have worked hard to get the town’s first pop-up shop open, and it’s wonderful to see it being put to such good use so quickly.

"This is just one of the may ways the town council seeks to support local people and in this case, particularly the town centre.”

If you are interested in renting the shop or finding out more information, contact councillor Nancy Powell-Brace on Nancypowell-brace@welllingtontowncouncil.co.uk.