A small army of new collectors has helped the local Battle of Britain Wings Appeal raise almost £1,800. Roy Lucas, chairman of the Royal Air Forces Association Barnstaple and North Devon branch, thanked all who had happily submitted to aching feet and tir

A small army of new collectors has helped the local Battle of Britain Wings Appeal raise almost £1,800.Roy Lucas, chairman of the Royal Air Forces Association Barnstaple and North Devon branch, thanked all who had happily submitted to aching feet and tired limbs to rattle their collection tins.They included members of the North Devon Air Training Corps officers and cadets."I had about 35 collectors helping me in Barnstaple, Braunton Bideford and South Molton," he said."Three quarters of those people contacted me following our story in the Gazette appealing for helpers."It was a major help to me this year and allowed us to exceed last year's total by some £400."Money was also raised from home collection boxes, individual donations, a Met Office function at a golf competition at Ilfracombe Golf Course organised by vice chairman Tony Lay, which collected £329.Mr Lucas said all those who had come forward to volunteer had already offered to take part again next year."Thank you to everyone who put in so much time and effort on behalf of the Wings Appeal," he said.The money will be used by the local RAFA welfare officer to help ex-service personnel who have fallen on hard times, who need medical help or financial guidance or even a break at one of the RAFA homes around the country.Anyone who would like to be involved with the North Devon branch or help out at the next appeal collection is invited to call Roy Lucas on (01271) 813612.