Mayor appeals for poppy volunteers

Poppies on the Street campaign in New Malden

A message from the Mayor of Kingston upon Thames about the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.

I would like to inform you about the important work that the Royal British Legion does through the funds which are raised by the Poppy Appeal each year (last year the Poppy Appeal raised a fantastic total of just over £38 million – and we thank you for helping the Poppy Appeal reach this amount).

The Royal British Legion has spent over £1.7 million a week on a variety of services. From helping a young widow through an inquest to ensuring that an older veteran can stay independent in their own home.

In this centenary year of World War One we are all ever mindful of the sacrifices made by our armed forces and the demands on the Royal British Legion’s services are as important now as they were then.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with this appeal then the Legion would be delighted to hear from you. The Legion is once again launching its “Poppy People” campaign to attract new volunteers. Anyone over 16 years of age can help, so if you are interested please contact: [email protected] for local Poppy Appeal volunteering or the Royal British Legion at the following email address: [email protected]  for nationwide.

I would like to thank the local community for their past generosity and to ask you for your continued support with this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal which will be launched on 24 October 2014. Your kindness makes a real difference to the serving and ex-service community that need our help.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Ken Smith JP
The Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

For more information about the different types of volunteering you can help with during a Poppy Appeal, such as office volunteers, collections, drivers and more, visit the Royal British Legion website.