Eastleigh Poppy Day Raises £53K

Norman Brown MBE

President of Chandler's Ford and Eastleigh District British Legion, Norman Brown MBE ,leads Poppy Day march past

The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal is about standing shoulder to shoulder with our brave Armed Forces to support the recovery of Service people injured in current conflicts.

The 2011 Poppy Appeal in Eastleigh has raised An amazing £53,466.65 . This contributes to the UK total currently of just under £35million.

“We urge everyone to throw their support behind the Poppy Appeal, but to not only think of The Poppy Appeal as being just the two weeks in November.  Raising money throughout the year means money raised will go towards providing vital care for injured Service people,”

said Betty Brown the Poppy Appeal Organiser for Eastleigh and district.

“The Legion has committed £50million over ten years towards the The Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre and the operating costs of four Personnel Recovery Centres around the UK.

“The Battle Back Centre will be a centre of excellence for adaptive sports and adventurous training,which will help Service personnel recover after their injuries, by focusing on what they can do rather than cannot do.

“The Centres will help our injured Armed Forces build confidence, motivation and independence and then either return to duty, or reskill and make a successful transition to civilian life.”

Up to 800 injured personnel will be helped each year through the Battle Back Centre and Personnel Recovery Centres, which is the core part of the Legion’s support to the Armed Forces family in 2011.

Last year we raised over £36 million during the Poppy Appeal period but more than £1.4 million a week or over £200,000 a day is spent by the Legion on its work helping over 160,000 members of the Armed Forces Family – serving, ex-Service and their dependants.

Clare Peppiatt the community fundraiser said “ Betty Brown has worked tirelessly organising the Poppy Appeal in Eastleigh and District for the last 18 years raising a massive £635,766.16.This is a phenominal achievement and Betty and all her collectors deserve the highest praise.  If anyone wishes to volunteer to collect for the Poppy Appeal or wishes to do any other fundraising please contact Clare Peppiatt, the Community fundraiser on 02380 477274 or email cpeppiatt@britishlegion.org.uk.

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