£1,000 raised as village remembers Arnhem

Andrew Key, chairman of the organising group behind Heckington's Arnhem commemorations, presenting the cheque to Eric Bull of the Heckington Branch of the Royal British Legion, surrounded by villagers who helped make 'Arnhem 70' a reality.

Andrew Key, chairman of the organising group behind Heckington's Arnhem commemorations, presenting the cheque to Eric Bull of the Heckington Branch of the Royal British Legion, surrounded by villagers who helped make 'Arnhem 70' a reality.

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A series of commemorative events in Heckington to mark 70 years since the Battle of Arnhem have raised more than a £1,000 for good causes ... despite not being designed as a fundraiser.

Hundreds of visitors took part in Arnhem 70 - Heckington Remembers at the end of last month as the village paid tribute to the men who left there 70 years ago to take part in Operation Market Garden.

The villages’ efforts were not intended as a fundraiser, but have nonetheless resulted in a sum being amassed for good causes.

This came on the back of profits from a concert, a collection in the village church and a donation from the Heckington Players, who held a cabaret weekend as part of the commemorations.

In light of this, a new silver ‘Arnhem Cup’ has been purchased for Heckington St Andrew’s Primary School that is to be awarded each term for ‘Outstanding Personal Achievement’.

The remainder of the funds, £1,056.11 has been given to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Andrew Key, chairman of the organising group, said: “Our working group has now come to an end and I think we can be very proud of what has been achieved.

“It was a very special time in the village and that was entirely due to the fact that so many people worked so hard to make it all happen.

“My sincere thanks go to everyone who has rolled their sleeves up and got stuck in.

“This goes to show what can be achieved when we all pull together. I am very proud of Heckington and its wonderful people who have not forgotten what was sacrificed for them all those years ago. May we never forget.”