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Walsall Mayor encourages support for Poppy Appeal

Appeal poppies - picture courtesy of The Royal British Legion.

In advance of this year’s Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday commemorations, Walsall’s Mayor is encouraging the borough’s residents, shoppers, businesses and schoolchildren to show their support for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Councillor Dennis Anson has indicated that poppies are now on sale at Walsall Council House as well as a host of other council premises.

He said:

“As an ex-RAF serviceman I appreciate the fantastic work that is being done by the Royal British Legion to support those involved in conflicts and their families.

“I am confident that Walsall will rise to the fundraising challenge again in 2012 while helping to raise awareness of the Poppy Appeal which is so very important.”

The Poppy Appeal, which is run annually by the Royal British Legion, raised in excess of £39.5m nationally in 2011.

This year’s Poppy Appeal will again focus on support for the Afghanistan generation of the Armed Forces family.

Since 2003 the Legion has helped more than ten thousand serving, ex-Service and family members who have experience of the Afghan and Iraq conflicts.

The Mayor added:

“There is also a drive to attract new Poppy Appeal volunteers and I would urge willing helpers to put themselves forward to support the cause.”

Anyone aged over 16 who would like to volunteer can contact 0800 085 5924.

Poppies will also be found on sale by official collectors in various locations across the borough, and in participating shops etc.

The Bloxwich Telegraph will be covering Remembrance Sunday in Bloxwich as usual this year.

For more information about the Poppy Appeal and the Royal British Legion follow this link.