Kitch­ener’s mantra in plea

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunt­ing

Mon­k­lands schools, busi­nesses, clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions are be­ing chal­lenged to raise a four­fig­ure sum to mark a cen­tury since the sign­ing of the Ar­mistice that her­alded the end of the First World War.

Lead­ing Armed Forces char­ity Pop­pyscot­land is hop­ing the Air­drie and Coat­bridge com­mu­ni­ties can help them col­lect £1918 – or more.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has adopted Lord Kitch­ener’s fa­mous mantra, “Your coun­try needs YOU!”, to launch The 1918 Poppy Pledge fundrais­ing quest.

The cam­paign is a last­ing trib­ute to those who lost their lives in WWI, but will also al­low Pop­pyscot­land to make a step change in the scale of sup­port it is able to pro­vide to the Armed Forces com­mu­nity who rely on the char­ity’s sup­port to­day.

Gor­don Michie, head of fundrais­ing at Pop­pyscot­land, said: “Poppy scot­land is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing life-chang­ing sup­port to the Armed Forces com­mu­nity.

“Most peo­ple will be fa­mil­iar with us through the an­nual Scot­tish Poppy Ap­peal; the money raised from the ap­peal al­lows us to pro­vide tai­lored fund­ing and as­sis­tance, and we also fund ser­vices in ad­vice, em­ploy­ment, hous­ing, men­tal health, mo­bil­ity and respite.

“This year, though, it is Pop­pyscot­land’s turn to say, ‘ Your coun­try needs YOU!’

“Since we launched The Poppy Pledge on Re­mem­brance week­end last year, we’ve had 102 pledgers sign up, which would re­sult in the won­der­ful sum of at least £195,000 be­ing raised.

“But the tar­get is 250 – or £ 480,000 – which means we need schools, churches, ro­tary clubs, sports clubs, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups in Mon­k­lands to get on board and do their bit for our brave troops and their fam­i­lies.”

● For more in­for­ma­tion, and to sign up, visit www. pop­pyscot­land. org. uk/ pop­py­pledge

Eyes down

Spring­field Com­mu­nity Cen­tre will host a prize bingo night next month.

All are wel­come along to the Clark­ston venue for the chance to scoop the win­ning num­bers on Thurs­day, March 8. Doors open at 6.45pm and eyes down at 7.30pm sharp.

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