Mansfield Royal British Legion set to launch Poppy Appeal

Members of the Mansfield Branch of the RBL Launch their Poppy Appeal along with Counc Brian Lohan
Members of the Mansfield Branch of the RBL Launch their Poppy Appeal along with Counc Brian Lohan
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The Royal British Legion is calling on the town to once again back their Poppy Appeal, which is to be launched next week.

The annual drive has become a vital fundraiser for the Legion which uses the cash to support former servicemen and women.

Last year the Mansfield Branch was able to raise more than £38,000, which was added to a staggering national total of more than £42 million.

And this year there are hopes that the generous people of Mansfield and surrounding area will again boost the total.

Honorary Poppy Appeal organiser for the Mansfield Royal British Legion, Joe Martin, said: “We have got good support from the council and from businesses, and we are lucky that the people of Mansfield are always generous.

“People who you may expect to walk on by often stop and throw money into the bucket. They don’t necessarily want a poppy but they know what it’s all about and that’s always refreshing.”

Donation tins have been dispatched to various businesses around the town and volunteers will be collecting outside supermarkets in the coming weeks.

In exchange for a donation, people can take a paper poppy- a symbol used since 1920 to commemorate soldiers who have died in war.

The Poppy Appeal culminates next month with Remembrance Sunday - the closest Sunday to 11th November to mark the day when the war First World War ended in 1918.

Next year will see the 100th anniversary of when the Great War began, and Joe says there are plans for events next year to mark the occasion.

However, Joe is not setting a target for this year’s fundraising.

He said: “Realistically, if we can get about £30,000, that would be good enough, because we are living in times of austerity.”