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Mayor of Wellingborough asks for poppy appeal support

Published Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Barry Graves, is urging people to join him in supporting this year’s Royal British Legion poppy appeal.

Cllr Graves said: “The focus of this year’s appeal is ‘Live on’. When people wear their poppies they are not just remembering those who have lost their lives in conflict, they’re also helping to provide assistance to today’s armed forces community.

“The Legion created the poppy appeal to help those returning from the First World War. A century on, they’re still helping in much the same way, whether coping with bereavement, living with disability, or finding employment.

“The poppy is a powerful symbol, worn to commemorate the sacrifices of our armed forces and to show support to those still serving today.

“I urge people to show their appreciation to the Royal British Legion and give generously to the poppy appeal. Wear your poppy with pride in memory of the fallen, and for the future of the living.”

Money raised through the poppy appeal goes directly to the Royal British Legion welfare work, providing care to anyone who currently serves in the British armed forces, anyone who has previously served, and their families. Over a million pounds a week is spent on a variety of welfare services, from helping a young widow through an inquest to ensuring that an older veteran can stay independent in their own home.

Last year’s poppy appeal total currently stands at just over £45 million. The success of the appeal relies on the support of volunteers, and the mayor also offered his thanks to everyone that helps to sell poppies, organise fundraising events, and increase awareness of the appeal. He said: “I applaud the sterling work carried out by all the volunteers who give their time so generously to ensure the success of the poppy appeal year after year. Their support is the reason so much money is raised to carry on the Legion’s vital work and I’d like to offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to anyone who plays any part in the poppy appeal.”

An annual service of remembrance will be held on Sunday 8 November at the war memorial, Broad Green, Wellingborough. Anyone wishing to attend should assemble at Broad Green by 10.45am.