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Halesowen Poppy Appeal being launched this weekend
1:44pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
THE POPPY Appeal is being launched in Halesowen this weekend which will signal the start of a massive fundraising drive for the Royal British Legion.
Volunteers from the Royal British Legion Branch, the Veterans Association, Mercian Army Cadets, Halesowen College, and Halesowen Ahmadiyya Mosque will join councillors and James Morris MP at St John the Baptist Church on Saturday at 11am.
This year’s fundraising target is £20,000 which will go towards the legion’s national target of £37 million to continue delivering direct, practical care and support to the Armed Forces community.
Poppy Appeal organiser Bronya Webster said: “We have had an amazing amount of support from the people of Halesowen in previous years and hope that this will continue this year.
“We are the guardians of remembrance and we are paying out a lot more in welfare than ever before as the Second World War generation are getting older and they need more help as are their widows and dependents.”
The Royal British Legion director of fundraising Charles Byrne said: “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 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 to individuals whether they’re still serving, transitioning back to civilian life or have left the Services, but importantly to their dependents too.”
Dudley Council is hosting a memorial concert as well as the traditional Remembrance Sunday and Armistice events.
The Gentlemen Songsters Male Voice Choir will be performing their Festival of Remembrance at Dudley Town Hall on Thursday November 7, from 7.30pm to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. The evening will be hosted by actress Susie Riddell from radio drama The Archers.
Councillor Alan Finch, Mayor of Dudley, said: “We have a long and happy tradition of working with and supporting our armed forces in civic events throughout the year. We are very aware of the huge sacrifice these people make for us in the work they do, and these events are a timely reminder of that.
Remembrance services will also be held across Sandwell in November, services will start at 10.45am on Sunday, November 10 at Rowley Regis War Memorial, Powke Lane Cemetery and Oldbury War Memorial, Oldbury Civic Square.
Mayor Councillor Linda Horton said: "It's absolutely vital we stop to remember the sacrifices made in the two wars and subsequent conflicts and I hope these parades and services will be well supported.
"We are already looking ahead to next year's centenary of the start of the First World War and putting together plans to mark this across the six towns, including involving young people so they can make sure the message of remembrance passes on to future generations."
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