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Call to action for Kidderminster residents for poppy appeal
THIS year’s Poppy Appeal has been launched by war veterans in Kidderminster, who are encouraging residents to wear their poppy with pride.
The call to action came from members of the town’s Royal British Legion (RBL) and Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier at the Severn Valley Railway station last Saturday.
Organisers hope to beat last year’s fund-raising total by collecting £35,000 and the 2013 campaign will focus on supporting armed forces families.
Conservative Mr Garnier said: “I am delighted to launch Kidderminster’s poppy appeal in support of all our armed forces community.
“Every donation received for a poppy will make a real difference to the lives of armed forces families so please keep in mind that every poppy helps.”
Money raised in the town will go towards the RBL’s national target of raising £37 million to help deliver direct and practical care and support to the armed forces community.
“One thing I have noticed from being armed forces champion is how many armed forces families there are locally.”
SVR spokeswoman Clare Gibbard added: “The steam trains of the Severn Valley Railway are very emotive and conjure up memories of times gone by that are still very relevant to the modern armed forces family and we are really pleased to show our support.”
RBL director of fund-raising Charles Byrne said: “We support the entire armed forces community past and present but families are at the heart of the Poppy Appeal 2013.
“We recognise the strength of mothers, fathers, partners and kids in armed forces families who serve alongside their loved ones every day and often need practical care and advice too.”
Meanwhile, Far Forest and Rock RBL will be holding its poppy appeal launch at noon on Saturday at the Plough Inn, Far Forest.
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