Rotherham poppy appeal launched

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The Mayor of Rotherham will launch the annual British Legion Poppy Appeal in the town next week.

At 9.15 am on Monday, October 29, at Rotherham Town Hall, the Mayor, Coun. Dave Pickering, will officially start the appeal organised by the Rotherham, Rawmarsh and Parkgate Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Nationally, the Poppy Appeal provides the main source of funds to maintain the Legion’s many welfare and benevolent schemes through which over 100,000 people are helped each year. Since 1921 the Legion’s aim has been to help those members of the serving and ex-service community and last year’s appeal raised a record amount of over £40 million for this purpose.

Although the organisation helps all ages, this year’s Poppy Appeal is once again focusing on the support needed for the current Afghan generation of the Armed Forces family. Since 2003 the Legion has helped more than 10,000 serving, ex-service and family members who have taken part in the Iraq and Afghan campaigns.

“I am both proud and honoured to launch this year’s Rotherham Poppy Appeal,” said Coun. Dave Pickering. “The Royal British Legion is a wonderful organisation, which thanks to its extensive fund-raising has been able to provide practical help for servicemen and their families for the past 91 years. The organisation does an amazing job of harnessing the generosity of the general public who contribute so much and who I hope will be as generous again this year.”