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Royal British Legion in plea for Poppy Appeal volunteers
THE Royal British Legion has appealed for volunteers to come forward to collect donations in York for this year’s Poppy Appeal.
Denise Edgar, who is a national trustee of the legion and organises York’s appeal with her husband Steve, said it was taking place as the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War loomed next year.
She said: “It was in the aftermath of this great tragedy – when the land fit for heroes failed to materialise-that the Legion came into being to ensure that those who served the country were looked after.
“More than 92 years later, with the help and financial support of the British public, the Legion are doing what they did yesterday, what will do today and will continue to do tomorrow.”
She said the appeal made up half of the £70 million plus that the Legion spent on the welfare needs of the ex-service community annually.
She said: “This can consist of anything from providing a rent bond to help a new service leaver secure accommodation in Civvy Street or ensuring that a World War Two veteran has adequate heating.
“The Legion has pledged £50 million over the next ten years to ensure that the forces Personnel Recovery Centres and the Battle Back Centre, at Lillishall in Shropshire, remain operational.”
She said the York appeal would run from October 26 until November 9 and volunteers were needed to help in many ways.
“Deliveries, by foot and car, to businesses, schools and shops across the city begins on October 21,” she said.
“Collectors are required to man supermarkets from October 26 to November 9 and the street collection takes place over four days from November 6 to November 9.”
She said: “The Poppy Office will be open to the public from November 4 to November 9, from 11am to 3pm at the RAF Association Club at 3 Aldwark for the purchase of wreaths, Remembrance crosses, poppy pins, wristbands and poppies large and small.”
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