Don fund boosts Poppy Appeal
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