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Townsfolk urged to show their support for this year's Poppy Appeal
10:40am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Local
BROMSGROVE residents are being urged to show their support for the country's servicemen and women by wearing a poppy.
The Royal British Legion (RBL) has launched this year’s annual Poppy Appeal, which this year is aiming to raise £37 million for the vital work delivering direct, practical care and support to members of the Armed Forces.
Last year Bromsgrove residents gave a total of £19,866.29 to the appeal, a figure the chairman of the town branch, Patrick Smith, described as an outstanding sum in a very difficult financial climate.
Charles Byrne, RBL’s director of fund-raising, said: “We support the entire Armed Forces community, past and present, but families are at the heart of the Poppy Appeal.
“We recognise the strength of mothers, fathers, partners and kids in Armed Forces families, who serve alongside their loved ones every single day, and often need practical care and advice too.
“We’re encouraging people to dig deep for the Poppy Appeal, so we can continue providing this vital support.”
Poppy boxes and tins have been distributed to Bromsgrove shops and poppies will be available to buy in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, being held on November 10.
For more details about this year’s Poppy Appeal see poppy.org.uk.
• The Bromsgrove branch of the RBL is holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday, November 20.
At the meeting the election to various prominent positions in the branch will be held including chairman, vice chairman, treasurer, secretary, and next year’s Poppy Appeal organiser.
Branch members are encouraged to attend this meeting to put their votes forward in each election.
The meeting is being held from 7.40pm at Bewell Head Working Men’s Club, in Bewell Head.
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