Generous support for poppy appeal

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AT THIS point in time our poppy appeal in the Hailsham area has reached £13,100.

This is due to the generous support from members of the public, shops, pubs, garages and clubs, and also the collections made on our behalf by Army Cadets and Army Air Training Corps Cadets in Hailsham.

Also the youth organisations who have poppy wreaths and other associations and organisations in the town.

If I have missed naming anyone I apologise but you are all in there somewhere.

Without the assistance of so many people we would be unable to carry out our duties to the serving and ex service community.

They rely on us for support. There is an ever-increasing need to raise more funds to aid those returning wounded, whether wounded in body or mind.

While caring for them we do not forget those who have paid the supreme sacrifice and our sympathy goes out to those families and friends who grieve for them.

And in addition to those from the current conflicts there are the veterans from the Second World War and those from subsequent conflicts who are eligible for our help, and we cannot and must not let them down.

We desperately need more collectors. If you can spare an hour in the two weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday please contact me.

The attendance by members of the public at our services last year was exceptional.

Our Veteran’s Day service in June was well attended, and despite the bad weather in November both the two-minute silence and Remembrance Sunday attendances were outstanding and this was very gratifying.

This shows how necessary it is to keep this service going.

This year’s Veteran’s Day service takes place at 10.45am on Sunday, June 26, at the Hailsham War Memorial.

So a big thank you to you all.

Mike Weller

Chairman, Hailsham branch Royal British Legion