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Poppy Appeal officially launched in Mansfield

31st October 2017
Mansfield

Poppy Appeal officially launched in Mansfield

The Mayor of Mansfield joined veterans to launch the annual Poppy Appeal in Mansfield yesterday (30 October).

Poppy Appeal organiser Joe Martin, from the Mansfield branch of the Royal British Legion, presented the Legion’s poppy wreath to Mayor Kate Allsop at Mansfield Civic Centre.

Every poppy sold will help the Royal British Legion support bereaved families, wounded servicemen and women, younger veterans seeking employment and housing, and older veterans needing age-related care. 

After the presentation, the Mayor and Joe Martin also dedicated some time to attach knitted poppies to netting for Mansfield District Council’s Poppy Parade project.

The project, which has been ongoing since March this year, has seen community groups and individuals donate more than 8,200 knitted and crocheted poppies for a display at the Old Town Hall to coincide with the Mansfield Remembrance Day parade, which starts at the Civic Centre at 10am on Sunday 12 November and ends at St Peter’s Church before a salute of honour is given in front of this impressive display.

For the past month, the public has helped attach the woollen poppies to camouflage netting at events on Mansfield Market Place in exchange for a donation to the Legion. A total of £1,346.14 has been raised and the nets are almost completely filled.

Joe Martin, from the Legion’s Mansfield branch, said: “I’m overwhelmed by the amount of money the people of Mansfield have helped raise for this project and by the kindness of all those who have spent hours making the poppies. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved.”

Kate Allsop, Executive Mayor of Mansfield, said: "The council’s Poppy Parade project has been a great success and when it is displayed next weekend it will act as a reminder so that we all take a moment to remember the servicemen and women who gave their lives so that we can have our futures.”

“The Poppy Appeal is an amazing campaign where every £1 donated goes towards providing a wide range of services and support for our veterans, serving personnel and their families, so please support this very worthwhile cause.”

Poppies are available for a donation in the Civic Centre and at venues throughout the district. There are some woollen poppies left over from the display that can be purchased, too.

The knitted poppy display will be put in place at the front of the Old Town Hall from Friday 10 November to Sunday 12 November. Organisers at the council would like to say a special thank you to all members of the community who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring the Poppy Parade project to life.

Please be reminded that knitted poppies are no longer being accepted for the display.

 

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