Letters: Mayor’s poppy Appeal, October 31, 2014

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Since 1921, the Royal British Legion has been providing financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants.

This year we mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War it brings home to us the length of time that the world has suffered hostilities, and the futility of war.

Although the needs of ex-Service people have changed over the years, it is still there to safeguard their welfare, interests and memory.

Sadly, 92 years on from its founding the work of the Royal British Legion is as important as ever.

Since 1945 there has only been one year (1968) in which not a single British Service person has been killed on duty.

We are all too well aware that thousands of our sailors, soldiers and air force personnel are on active service today in trouble spots all around the world.

The Legion is probably best known for its role as the nation’s custodian of Remembrance and for the Poppy Appeal which it organises annually.

Last year, thanks to the generosity of the public and the combined efforts of the volunteers, the Poppy Appeal raised over £36.8 million which was a fantastic achievement. I am sure the people of West Norfolk will find it possible to give as generously as ever to the Poppy Appeal, even as these difficult financial times continue to affect us.

Many of those who traditionally volunteer their services at this time are themselves becoming too frail to continue.

The Poppy Appeal is asking people aged over 16 willing to help to call freephone 0800 085 5924. Please do give time and/or money to help the Legion to help others. Thank you.

Barry Ayres,

Mayor West Norfolk Council