December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 21, 2013
People in Suffolk are being urged to wear their poppy with pride to show support for armed forces families as the annual fundraising campaign is launched.
Garry and son Conor McCormick, who launched the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal at RAF Honington, told guests: “Every Poppy helps.”
Mr McCormick snr served for 23 years in the RAF Regiment, leaving in 2006 as Flight Sergeant, while Conor, 21, is currently in training at RAF Honington.
He said: “Every donation received for a poppy will make a real difference to the lives of armed forces families.”
His son, a member of the local West Suffolk Wheelers Cycling and Triathlon Club, will next year take part in the RockRide 2, a 1,500-mile multi-charity bike ride from Gibraltar to the UK with 16 fellow cyclists, to help the Poppy Appeal.
The fundraising target in Suffolk this year is £625,000, which will go towards the legion’s national target of £37million.
RBL director of fundraising Charles Byrne said: “We support the entire armed forces community past and present, but families are at the heart of the Poppy Appeal 2013.
“We recognise the strength of mothers, fathers, partners and children in armed forces families, who serve alongside their loved ones every single day, and often need practical care and advice too.
“We’re encouraging people to dig deep for the Poppy Appeal, so we can continue providing this vital support to individuals whether they’re still serving, transitioning back to civilian life or have left the services, but importantly to their dependants too.”