SOLIHULL Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal has officially been launched – and organisers are hoping for yet another bumper fundraising year.
The borough has raised more than any other area in the region in recent years – collecting a massive £55,313 last year and over £395,000 in the last eight years.
And hopes are high that the people of Solihull will dig deep once again to keep the cash flooding in.
All of the money raised from poppy sales to provide financial, social and emotional support to the millions of men and women who have served or are currently serving in the British Armed Forces.
Dave Mouzer, Chairman of the Solihull Royal British Legion said: “I would like to thank the people of Solihull for their generosity over the years and hope that this year’s appeal will raise the vital funds that are needed to help the people who rely on the Royal British Legion for support.
“Each year an increasing number of people approach the Royal British Legion for help and we work tirelessly to ensure that we can offer all the support they and their families need. I would encourage all Silhillians to buy and wear a poppy this year.”
Hoping to build on last year’s success, as well as selling poppies, the Legion will be holding special fundraising events at its Union Road HQ in October and November.
Red Dragon Jazz Band will play traditional jazz from 1pm on Sunday, October 26 and there will be a Poppy Night with live music on Thursday, November 15 from 8.15pm.
There will also be a display of ex-military vehicles in Mell Square on Saturday, November 1.
Anyone wanting to find out more about becoming a Poppy Appeal Helper should contact Sonia Mouzer on 0121 603 6266.
Poppies will be on sale around the borough from Saturday, October 25.