Poppy Appeal

Poppy Appeal

I joined Conservative Eastbourne borough councillors  out in the town at the weekend selling poppies as part of this year’s Royal British Legion appeal.
Everyone took a tray and a tin to raise cash for the annual campaign in Eastbourne that strikes a chord with many people.
Group leader Tony Freebody said: “We are really pleased about just how generous local people were when we started our day of fundraising. This is a really important appeal that marks our gratitude to those who have fought for our country.
“With veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, plus the Falklands now increasingly needing help in addition to those from World War Two and Korea, the appeal is still just as relevant as ever and it was an honour for us as councillors to take the lead and do our bit.”
We had the youngest of shoppers to workers in hi-vis jackets come up and make a donation, which goes to show the wide support the Poppy Appeal still has and I was proud to be able to go out and raise some money.
I had lots of great chats over the time but one conversation has really stuck with me. It was with a man who told me about his very elderly Dad, a veteran, who is only now wanting to talk about his experience and seek support after all these years.
The Legion’s Poppy Appeal gives us all the chance to remember the sacrifice of those who’ve gone before us and the great cost of the freedoms we have, but it also raises vital funds to support veterans like this man’s Dad.