SOLIHULL Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal has officially been launched – and organisers are hoping for yet another bumper fundraising year.
Last year the Solihull Royal British Legion Branch raised over £55,000 for the Poppy Appeal.
And hopes are high that the people of Solihull will dig deep once again as this year marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Tracey Walker, chair of the Solihull Royal British Legion Branch, said: “I would like to thank the people of Solihull for their outstanding generosity over the years and hope that this year’s appeal, commemorating 75 years since D-Day, will raise the vital funds that are needed to help those 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 donate and wear their poppy with pride this year.”
Following the launch at the war memorial outside St. Alphege Church poppies will be available throughout the borough in the run-up to this year’s Remembrance Sunday on November 10.
Solihull Mayor, Councillor Stuart Davis, said: “As we begin our commemorations, it is important that Solihull remembers fallen service men and women and civilians, and contemplates the loss felt by their loved ones and their communities.
“The support provided by the Solihull Royal British Legion to current and former members of the British Armed Forces and their families, using the money raised by the residents of our borough, is irreplaceable to those who rely upon it.
“Therefore, I hope our community, as it always does, comes together to support those who do a tremendous amount of good and remembers all those who have fallen.”
There will be a display of ex-military vehicles in Mell Square on Saturday, November 2, to start off the Poppy Appeal week.
Fundraising is a vital ingredient in ensuring the future of the Royal British Legion which is in urgent need of volunteers.
Anyone wanting to find out more about becoming a Poppy Appeal Helper can contact Tracey Walker on 07912 498906 or by email at email@example.com