As we once again approach Remembrance Sunday, I write to seek the support of your readers and indeed all the citizens of Calderdale for this year’s Poppy Appeal. Last year, the Poppy Appeal again received wonderful support from the public. Through the generosity of everyone contributing to the annual collection, as well as to those many thousands who stepped forward to volunteer their time, the Poppy Appeal raised a magnificent total of more than £36.8 million. Since 1921, The Royal British Legion’s mission has been to help those members of the serving and ex-service community who needed it. Over ninety years on and the Legion continues to safeguard the welfare, interests, and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the armed forces. The Poppy Appeal provides the main source of funds to maintain the Legion’s many welfare and benevolent schemes in which over 100,000 people are helped each year. The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal is again undertaking a ‘Poppy People’ campaign to attract new Poppy Appeal volunteers. Anyone over 16 years of age can help, you need only to ring 0800 085 5924. The help that people in Calderdale can provide will be a major contribution to the success of this year’s Poppy Appeal. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them in advance for their continued support, which will be greatly appreciated. Our people have a high regard for members of the armed forces and what they have been called on to do for our citizens, Borough and communities. We all owe a debt of gratitude to those who in wars and conflicts have helped to win the freedom we now enjoy. By making donations through the “Poppy Appeal” we can go some way towards repaying that debt. Please be generous and support The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
Councillor A Martin
Mayor of Calderdale