Don fund boosts Poppy Ap­peal

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A COL­LEC­TION in the name of a vet­eran sailor and com­mu­nity cham­pion has raised hun­dreds of pounds of the lo­cal Poppy Ap­peal.

Don Bai­ley died sud­denly of a heart at­tack on April 12.

The 68-year-old from Poyn­ton was a pop­u­lar, well known mem­ber of the com­mu­nity as the pres­i­dent of the lo­cal branch of the Bri­tish Le­gion and Poyn­ton Show, and a keen mem­ber of Poyn­ton Blues Manch­ester City sup­port­ers.

At his fu­neral at St Ge­orge’s Church, fam­ily and friends dug deep to sup­port a char­ity close to Don’s heart, rais­ing £825 for the Poyn­ton Poppy Ap­peal.

His widow Elaine, 63, said: “On be­half of my­self, his daugh­ter Karen and grand­son Ben we would like to ex­press sin­cere thanks for the tremen­dous turnout for Don’s ‘cel­e­bra­tion of life’. In his mem­ory, £825 has been raised for then Poyn­ton Royal Bri­tish Le­gion 2016 Poppy Ap­peal. He would have been very proud of the turnout and the sup­port for a char­ity close to him.”

Don was Poyn­ton born and bred. The el­dest of seven chil­dren he was a mem­ber of the Bai­ley fam­ily which owned the suc­cess­ful wood­yard. At 15, Don joined the Royal Navy and for 12 years trav­elled the world on HMS In­trepid and HMS Tri­umph. Af­ter the navy the fam­ily set­tled back in Poyn­ton where Don tried many oc­cu­pa­tions in­clud­ing shop­keeper, taxi driver and sales­man.

Don was renowned for en­joy­ing a tip­ple, but gave up al­co­hol nine years ago af­ter a se­ri­ous health scare. With a new lease of life he de­voted him­self to fundrais­ing and sup­port­ing the Bri­tish Le­gion and was pres­i­dent of the Poyn­ton Show.

In 2013 he was hon­oured with a Poyn­ton Civic Award.

●● Lo­s­tock Rangers JFC in their new kits spon­sored by Chilli Banana

●● Don Bai­ley with wife Elaine and his Poyn­ton Civic Award

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