THE head of Chard’s poppy appeal is on track to raise more than £60,000 after a tireless year of fundraising.

Last year’s effort saw Maryanne Adams and her little helpers, husband George and friend Sylvie, collect more than £12,000, the highest amount since they took over the responsibility.

But always intent on smashing her previous achievements, Maryanne launched this year’s poppy appeal with £48,000 already in the bank.

The launch event itself saw the British Legion branch raise £79, which has been added to the work Maryanne has carried out throughout this year.

This includes a ongoing challenge to walk 100 miles which is being undertaken in 10 mile stages.

After the launch in the Guildhall, Maryanne said: “We had Lionel the Chard British Legion mascot, the carnival prince who is my grandson, and the carnival princess, the mayor Garry Shortland, British Legion chairman Darren Squires, and vice chairman Tabitha Squires.”

Maryanne has been taking on her walks with the help of friends and can be spotted by her pram which is covered in crochet poppies.

She added: “I have walked 40 miles. The next walk is in December we are walking along the cycle path to the Bowling Club and back.

“We have raised £48,000 so far and I would love to get the total up to £60,000 or more if possible.

“Andy Webb and two others are also individually rowing a Marathon. The event will take place at at Crossfit Wolfram near Ilminster, and all monies raised go to the poppy appeal.”

Buy your poppy or donate to help Maryanne and Chard RBL.