Pulling out all the stops for Poppy Appeal

SPALDING branch of The Royal British Legion is pulling out the stops to raise as much money as it can for The Poppy Appeal in the Legion’s 90th anniversary year.

Overall the Legion has its sights on raising £1million during 2011 for every year of its existence.

Branch Poppy Appeal organiser Peter Lyon said the branch is delighted to have been chosen as the Springfields Shopping Outlet charity partner for the year.

He said: “It’s an opportunity within the realms of fantasy really.

“We only really concentrate on fundraising for two weeks of the year around Remembrance Sunday but we really need to raise funds throughout the year – the expenditure goes on throughout”

The Legion helps ex-servicemen from all conflicts – from the Second World War to the present day – and their families.

The branch has already raised around £500 by selling Poppy Appeal goods, such as hessian bags, umbrellas and brooches, at Springfields over Easter and the Flower Parade.

But it hopes to raise several thousands of pounds with a series of events running up to carols around the Christmas tree at Springfields on December 8.

The branch will attend summer festivals at the centre on July 23-24 and 30-31 and August 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27, 28 and 29.

It will also attend the Christmas lights switch-on, on October 27, the firework spectacular on November 3 and late night trading with Santa’s arrival on November 17.

The branch will be there too for its traditional armistice parade.

A major event for Spalding branch of the Legion will be the summer ball and awards night on Friday, July 29 at Spalding Services Club. Tickets cost £7 and are available from Doreen Hewitt on 01775 766113 or Michaela Hewitt on 07738 016530.