Charity champions fill British Legion coffers

CHARITY champions Ann and Derek Bettridge
CHARITY champions Ann and Derek Bettridge

A CHARITY-minded Hucknall couple have played their part in the success of a special fundraiser set up to support the Royal British Legion in its 90th anniversary year.

Royal Navy veteran Derek Bettridge and his wife, Ann, have been helping good causes for many years.

Now the devoted couple, who live on Derwent Drive, have again turned up trumps in their latest venture, which was organised by Nuthall Parish Council.

For they volunteered to take part in a craft fair to boost donations, which will help the Legion to assist current and past servicemen and women and their dependents.

Derek and Ann ran a bric-a-brac and collectables stall at the event at Nuthall’s Temple Centre.

The Hucknall couple succeeded in raising several hundreds of pounds, although the final total is yet to be revealed.

What’s more, the event proved to be very poignant for Derek. For both his grandfathers died in the Battle of the Somme.

He and his wife, who worked as a fashion adviser at Clarendon College, Nottingham, have also been long-term supporters of the Legion.

Said Ann: “We are ordinary people living ordinary lives.

“But by helping others and, in particular, causes such as the Royal British Legion, we get a good deal of satisfaction out of our fundraising efforts.”

Sue Stack, clerk of Nuthall Parish Council, heaped praise on Derek and Ann, adding: “They are unsung heroes who go the extra mile to help others.”

(PHOTO AND STORY BY: Pete Jordan).