Legion thanks volunteers for supporting Poppy Appeal

The Bassetlaw branch of the Royal British Legion has thanked kind-hearted volunteers who gave up their time to raise money for the Poppy Appeal during an awards ceremony.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 12:16 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 12:26 pm

Groups including Army and Sea Cadets, Scouts and the Women’s Institute contributed hours of their time to boost contributions to the appeal - which has so far raised £37,000.

Proceeds from the fundraiser are used to support ex-servicemen who have left the forces - many of whom suffer ‘complex needs’ after coming out of service.

Ray Fielding, branch secretary, told how the awards - presided over by Bassetlaw District Council Chairman Deborah Merryweather - were a way of thanking volunteers for their ‘crucial work’.

Madeline and Elizabeth Smith of 4th Worksop St John's scout group are thanked for the sale of the first official poppy in Worksop

He said: “Whether it’s people spending time collecting outside supermarkets or WI members knitting poppies their help is very important.

“They help engage the public in the appeal and in the act of remembrance.”

Ray said 99.9 per cent of funds raised went to veterans and their families.

He added: “We’ve got vets from all conflicts nowadays and they face complex needs.

“Afghanistan and Iraq vets often have psychological as well as physical injuries from IEDs (improvised explosive devices).

“The amount of injuries sustained in recent conflicts is substantial.

“But getting back into civilian life is a challenge where they face financial problems while trying to find a job.”

Ray told how it was hard to say just how many veterans there were in Bassetlaw as many came out of service not realising the extent of their injuries and so many would not not yet have sought help.