£5,000 gift to Bridlington poppy centre

Sheila Laker, Tom King, Jane Heaton (deputy manager), Richard Broomfield, Helen Birkbeck (manager), and Leslie Laker.
Sheila Laker, Tom King, Jane Heaton (deputy manager), Richard Broomfield, Helen Birkbeck (manager), and Leslie Laker.

A GENEROUS donation from a Royal British Legion branch in Newcastle will ensure that activities and entertainment are guaranteed for former service men and women at Bridlington’s Poppy Break centre.

The £5,000 donation was made by members of the Cow Gate & Blake Law British Legion branch, and was gratefully received by staff at Alderson House, on South Marine Drive.

The centre is a hotel to allow ex service men and women and their families a break by the sea, funded by the British Legion.

Jane Heaton, deputy manager at Alderson House, said: “We are delighted to receive this generous donation towards our amenity fund, which will go towards providing activities and entertainment for our guests.

“Without the support of branches like this one, we would not be able to carry on taking guests out on trips and giving them the best break we can.”

Tom King, treasurer of the Cow Gate & Blake Law branch, said that the funds had come from back rent owed to the club, and that they were delighted they could help out at Alderson House.

“We came to visit with Sheila and Leslie Laker, whose son is Lieutenant Colonel in the TA, and our acting chairman Richard Broomfield, and we were all very impressed by the place, we said it was like a five star hotel,” said Tom.

“The staff there gave us a tour and a wonderful welcome.

“We said we wanted it to go somewhere where people who have served our country would benefit, so Alderson House was recommended by our county manager David Bell and it was the ideal fit. It’s a splendid, well organised place.”

Alderson House’s Christmas Fayre takes place this Saturday, November 24, from 1pm until 4pm. The bar will be open with a bottle tombola and live music from the Brid Beat singers.

In the dining room there will also be a Christmas tombola with over 150 prizes, a chocolate raffle, and a big raffle for which tickets are on sale now from Alderson House.

Prizes include £100 Marks and Spencer’s voucher, a night for two at The Ambassador Spa Hotel- including breakfast, and lots of bottles, gifts and chocolates.

There will also be home made cakes, a craft stall, cards, and much more – perhaps an early visit from Santa Claus. Entry is free and all are welcome.