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Royal British Legion poppy collection smashes record

London Poppy Day collectors
Image caption Collectors were at more than 30 London stations

Londoners dug deep to raise more than £225,000 for the Poppy Appeal in just one day - smashing last year's record of £60,000.

About 400 fundraisers were stationed at transport hubs across London throughout the morning and evening rush hours and across lunchtime on Thursday.

The most money was raised at Canary Wharf where £29,027 was donated.

Serving, reservist and ex-Forces personnel were drafted in from across the world for London Poppy Day.

Among those collecting were 300 people who work in the City of London.

They spent the day at more than 30 Tube and mainline stations before converging at Leadenhall Market in the City.

London Poppy Day founder Benjamin Hancock said: "Raising £225,146.15 is an incredible achievement and testament to the support Londoners have shown for the armed forces.

"It's a huge increase on the £60,000 we raised last year. It is really satisfying to have made such a big contribution to the 2010 Poppy Appeal."

All money raised this year will go towards the 2010 Poppy Appeal fundraising target of £36m.

This year the Legion will spend more than £72m providing assistance to more than 160,000 serving and ex-Service Armed Forces personnel and their families.

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