PEOPLE are being urged not to forget to pin on a poppy.
This year’s Solihull Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal (RBL) was launched this week at the war memorial at St Alphege Church, and poppies will be available in the borough from Thursday October 26 in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.
Solihull RBL’s main annual fund-raising campaign will see appeal donations provide financial, social and emotional support to the men and women who have served, and who are serving, in the British armed forces, together with their families.
Last year Solihull RBL raised nearly £59,000 though the poppy appeal, and a series of special fund-raising events are planned during November to try and even better that total.
There will be a display of ex-military vehicles in Mell Square on Saturday November 4, followed by a Poppy Night, featuring live music from the Sharmanaires Big Band on Thursday November 16, from 8.15pm, at the RBL headquarters in Union Road.
Tracey Walker, chairman of Solihull RBL, said: I would like to thank the people of Solihull for their generoisty over the years and hope that this year’s appeal will raise the vital funds that are needed to help those who rely on the Royal Britsih 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 a poppy this year.”
The RBL is also keen to hear from potential Poppy Appeal volunteers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tracey call 07912 498906 for further details.