On behalf of all those we are able to help, may I say a very big thank you to the citizens of Lancaster and district for their great generosity in the 2014 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, which has raised a magnificent £44,500.
Thank you also to our small but dedicated and very hard working team of volunteer collectors; especially those who collect outside whatever the weather. All of them spend many hours raising money for the appeal. However may I make a plea for help.
We are small in number and need help in organising the Poppy Appeal. We meet at 8pm on the last Wednesday of every month except December at Lancaster Liberal Club in Lune Street. You would be very welcome to join us.
I also thank the businesses and shops that allow us to place collection boxes in their premises, the superstores that allow us to collect in their stores, Lancaster University who let us collect on campus and the city council for letting us have standing collections.
My thanks too to those who distribute and collect the boxes and count the money.
The Poppy Appeal money goes to help all our service and ex-service men and women in need from the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Air Force and the Reserves of whatever rank and of all ages and from all conflicts right up to the present day, and their families.
The Royal British Legion is responsible for their welfare for life and provides a wide range of assistance, advice and help, even extending to adapting homes if necessary for the severely injured. We also have a dedicated and trusted team to make small home repairs and we provide white goods, electric wheel chairs, lifelines; almost anything where there is a need and we give short and long-term dementia and nursing care for our beneficiaries at our six care homes.
The Legion also runs specialist services helping those who are wounded, injured or sick through their recovery at The Battle Back Centre in Shropshire and the Personnel Recovery Centres.
As custodians of Remembrance thank you for attending the two minutes silence on Remembrance Sunday and November 11. By doing so and supporting the Poppy Appeal so generously, you have showed that you do remember those who have died and been severely injured so that we may enjoy the freedom that we have today and that you care for those who still suffer as a result of war and service to our country.
Thank you so much.
President, Secretary and Press Officer
Lancaster Royal British Legion.