Your chance to support this year’s Poppy Appeal

Suffolk Village Info is helping to support this year’s Poppy Appeal for the Royal British Legion and is now urging our valued readers to get involved.

We want you to download and print the iconic Remembrance Poppy and pin it to your window for all to see and at the same time donate to the appeal. Go to https://www.britishlegion.org.uk

It is our way to help the charity which is going to be hit by Covid-19 restrictions and its ability to send out volunteers and collectors to boost its funds.

The legion’s work is more vital than ever as it supports people from all generations who have new hardships as a result of Covid-19.

The RBL, which next year marks its 100th anniversary, wants to ensure that everyone can still get their poppy so it’s developed an A4 poster of the Remembrance Poppy.

You can download a full colour poster or one that you (or someone you know) can enjoy colouring in and at the same time make a donation to the appeal.

Like most charities, it’s been a different year due to usual activities not taking place, however, the Poppy Appeal is even more relevant today and the RBL raises the donations to ensure that the vital services are still available to the Armed Forces Community.

Mandi Cox-Osborne, Suffolk Community Fundraiser – Poppy Appeal, said: “We are about a third down on our army of collectors as they are vulnerable and we have a duty of care to our volunteers.

“So the help from suffolkvillage.info is wonderful and I’m very grateful for the support you are offering us. Any help we can get is extremely important to us especially as we are experiencing the difficulties of the coronavirus. More than ever is that every poppy counts and it is a powerful iconic poppy.

“It’s trying to cover so many bases so that the public can get a poppy.”

Some collections will take place across Suffolk but they are limited because many collectors are in the vulnerable category while others are having to strictly observe the “hands, face, space” guidance and restrict face to face contact. House-to-house collections have also been stopped.

They have been given permission to collect in some supermarkets and the RBL is asking everyone to back the Poppy Appeal in a new way as there are a number of initiatives where people can help.

The impact of Covid-19 has left some in the Armed Forces community, as many others, in dire need of urgent help and support and the legion’s work is as vital as ever and it has galvanised its network to create the best appeal possible.

Anyone would like to volunteer in their local area in Suffolk can contact Mandi via email at mcox-osborne@britishlegion.org.uk or telephone 07823 416748 and to find out more about supporting the appeal go to the RBL website https://www.britishlegion.org.uk

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