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News Archive > General > Poppy Appeal gets underway in town

Poppy Appeal gets underway in town

By Beth Perry 25th October 2017

Poppy Appeal gets underway in town
The Poppy Appeal launch at Newquay Royal British Legion.

LOCAL community members are set to support serving and veteran members of the armed forces following the launch of this year’s Poppy Appeal.

The appeal officially launched at the Royal British Legion on Saturday with those who have already signed up to help the collection picking up their identity cards.

Martin Prince, the Poppy Appeal co-ordinator for Newquay, was on hand to reveal last year’s collection made almost £19,000 for the Poppy Appeal, which allows the Royal British Legion to look after serving and ex-servicemen, women and their dependants who are in need, financially or otherwise.

Martin said: “I want to say a huge thank you to everybody who helped out with the appeal last year and I hope they will get involved this year too. We’re looking for people to give up just two hours of their time to sell poppies and help raise vital funds for our service personnel.

Those who can help the appeal can sign up for a time slot using the boards in the Royal British Legion Club on Trevena Terrace.”

The Poppy Appeal launch also coincided with the launch of the Remembrance Garden at St Michael’s Church which gives people the opportunity to plant a cross in remembrance.

The crosses are available from the church as well as from all local supermarkets along with a wide range of Poppy Appeal merchandise and poppies.

Customers at Newquay Sainsbury’s can also donate sums of £2, £3 or £5 using a new contactless machine which is being trialled. Businesses around the Newquay area are also getting involved in the Poppy Appeal collection and two coffee shops, Costa and Cafe Nero, are even setting up a friendly competition to see which team can raise the most throughout the appeal.

By Beth Perry 25th October 2017

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