Family’s war tales inspire Megan’s work

WELL-EARNED REST: Megan Boffy’s hard work raised £400 for the Poppy Appeal.

WELL-EARNED REST: Megan Boffy’s hard work raised £400 for the Poppy Appeal.

First published in News

A KIND-hearted 11-year-old has raised £400 for the Poppy Appeal after being inspired by the efforts of the Royal British Legion and stories of her own relatives fighting for the cause in the two world wars.

Megan Boffy, of Mathon, near Malvern, belied her tender years to throw a hugely successful coffee morning at Storridge Village Hall.

Her proud mum Rebecca said her daughter had always been charityminded and raised £100 for the Poppy Appeal two years ago by holding a smaller coffee morning at home.

“This time Megan wanted to do more to help and was determined to hold a much bigger event,” she said. “She organised it all herself, doing all the advertising and sending out invitations and it was a huge success.”

Mrs Boffy said Megan was inspired to support the Poppy Appeal after hearing a talk from members of the Royal British Legion at Cradley Primary School and talking with her parents about members of her own family who served in the First and Second World Wars.

Her father Steve said: “My father and grandfather served in the wars.

“I have inherited their medals and showed them to Megan along with old photos and stories told to me as a boy.

“In particular we discussed my father John who served in North Africa, Italy and Austria with the Royal Horse Artillery.

“He met my mother Maria, an Austrian war bride, while he was serving in the British sector in Vienna at the end of the war.”

Mrs Boffy said it came as no surprise that Megan was so keen to support the cause.

“She has always been very charity-minded, even when she was little she would donate her pocket money to Children in Need. We’re very proud of her,” she said.

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