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24 Oct 2013
People in Gloucestershire are being urged to wear their poppy with pride to show support for Armed Forces families, who are the focus of The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal 2013.
This call to action came from Group Captain Anny Reid, Chairman of The Royal British Legion in Gloucestershire, who launched Gloucestershire’s Poppy Appeal at Imjin Barracks, Innsworth, home of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and told guests that every Poppy helps.
“I am delighted to be here to launch this year’s Gloucestershire Poppy Appeal in support of all our Armed Forces community. Every donation received for a poppy will make a real difference to the lives of Armed Forces families. We support the entire Armed Forces community past and present, but families are at the heart of the Poppy Appeal 2013. We recognise the strength of mothers, fathers, partners and children in Armed Forces families, who serve alongside their loved ones every single day, and often need practical care and advice too.”
The special “Poppy Bus” was unveiled in a ceremony involving personnel from the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps with their Military Wives Choir. The bus was provided by Stagecoach and a spokesperson for the company said "We are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with The Royal British Legion on this year’s Poppy Appeal in Gloucestershire.
In addition we look forward to developing this partnership in 2014 in the form of educational school visits, helping young people to understand the sacrifice made by so many to enable us to live in the world that we do.”
The bus will also be involved in a number of events running up to Remembrance Day and can also be seen in service on route all over Gloucestershire.
Nicole Mayall, Community Fundraiser for the Poppy Appeal in Gloucestershire said “Last year the people of Gloucestershire shoed their support for our Armed Forces by raising an amazing £731,000 and we are sure they will, once again, dig deep for the Poppy Appeal, so we can continue providing this vital support to individuals whether they’re still serving, transitioning back to civilian life or have left the Services, but importantly to their dependents too.”
The Legion provides wide ranging, and practical support to Armed Forces families in need, including crisis grants, family breaks, benefits and money advice and at times sadly, inquest advice.
Every poppy helps raise the £1.6 million needed by the Legion each week to deliver practical help and advice to Armed Forces community.