Poppy Appeal still vital for funding
THE Royal British Legion is one of our most valued institutions. Its principal role is to provide our ex-servicemen and serving forces personnel, as well as their dependants, with financial, social and emotional support and assistance.
It also provides, for all of us, an important link between our past history and our current place in the world. Every day we are reminded of the dangerous world in which we live.
As in past conflicts – be it the world wars, Korea, the Falklands, the Gulf or Afghanistan – British service personnel are ever at the forefront, defending our values and our lives.
This is a particularly significant year as it marks the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War – the war to end wars – when soldiers from all parts of the Commonwealth and British Empire fought in the cause of freedom.
Since 1921 the Royal British Legion has provided support for those needing help, and even today it continues to look after the welfare, the interests and the memory of past and present armed forces personnel.
The annual Poppy Appeal provides the main source of funds for the legion’s welfare and benevolent schemes, which help some 500,000 people each year – many of whom would not otherwise ask for help.
The legion’s work can only continue with substantial financial support.
The annual Poppy Day Appeal is our opportunity – as individuals and communities – to recognise the sacrifices of our service personnel and to make our contribution towards an extremely worthy cause.
Please give generously and support the Poppy Appeal and the work done by the Royal British Legion.
COUNCILLOR SANTOKH S CHHOKAR
Chairman South Bucks District Council
COUNCILLOR MRS LESLEY CLARKE
Chairwoman Wycombe District Council