The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal raises funds every year to support current serving and veterans of the Armed Forces and their families. Amongst so many services they provide comradeship, financial support, and help organise Remembrance Services across the country. Mick Wells, along with many others from the RBL, organises the Poppy Appeal collection for the Loughborough area. In the run up to Remembrance Day, Mick delivers some 500+ poppy collection tins and boxes to pubs, schools and local businesses across Loughborough. Help is always on hand too from a small army of collectors, namely the cadets from the Navy, Army and RAF forces and the Loughborough Students Union Raise and Give Society. This year has been a huge success for the Poppy Appeal in Loughborough raising a staggering £34,351.68. The Loughborough Air Cadets from 2229 Sqn have been manning Poppy Appeal collections throughout the town centre in the run up to the National Remembrance Day and have contributed £2,518.50 to the overall total with a special mention to Cadet Kinnear-Swift who has been out on more than one collection and has raised £286.68 towards the overall total. We also had the help of our very own Poppy Man who came out in support of the cadets. 500+ tins is a lot of money for one man to count, so to speed up the process the Loughborough RAG volunteered their time and counting machines to help out. Special thanks go to the volunteers from 203 Transport Sqn Army Reserves based at the TA Centre in Loughborough, for helping get all the collecting tins up to the University to be counted. Nationally the total is still being counted however, Loughborough RAG, who went down to London to support the National event raised £61,716.24. Thanks go out to the British public for supporting the volunteers, fundraisers and supporters of the RBL Poppy Appeal this year as they have donated more than ever this year within Loughborough, nearly £4000 over last years’ total. The Poppy Appeal will return again in October and November next year, a special year for remembrance, as it marks the centenary from WWI. There will be lots of special events happening across the county. If you want further details about the Poppy Appeal and the Royal British Legion please explore their website at http://www.britishlegion.org.uk
The cadets parade at the Loughborough TA Centre from 7pm on Monday and Thursday nights. Feel free to browse our website at www.2229.org.uk. Our next intake date has been set for 17th February 2014. To register your interest please use the contact form on the recruiting page of our website.