Shoppers at Sainsbury’s Oswestry store have raised over £8,000 for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The store on Black Gate Street welcomed Poppy Appeal volunteer collectors to raise vital funds for the charity throughout October and November, while customers were also able to donate their old £1 coins, which went out of circulation earlier in the year.

In total they raised £8,282.21.

Allister Moutrie, store manager at Sainsbury’s Oswestry, said: “Our local community always get behind the Poppy Appeal and each year our customers and colleagues continue to dig deep to support the charity.

"We’re thrilled to have raised such a huge amount for The Royal British Legion and look forward to seeing what the future holds for the 23 year partnership.”

Across the UK, the supermarket chain raised over £3 million in 2017.

In 2017, Sainsbury’s also marked the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele through sales of a commemorative pin badge, which can still be bought online through the Sainsbury’s website.

Ben France, head of Corporate Partnerships at the RBL, added: “We’d like to thank the Sainsbury’s customers and colleagues in Oswestry for their ongoing support.

"Money raised through the partnership continues to help the Legion provide care and assistance to our Armed Forces community, which includes serving personnel, veterans, and their families."