Lend a hand at our poppy collections
THE Poppy Appeal fortnight will be starting on October 26, and if anyone would like to help with collecting outside shops, please do get in touch on 07854 818286.
It isn't a big commitment – just two hours of your time would help enormously. Like many worthy charities, sometimes a few people (usually those starting to feel their age) end up doing too much.
A big load spread thinly becomes a little load, or, as my mother used to say, "many hands make light work". Please be some of those hands, this year at least.
The Poppy Appeal is focused on this fortnight because this is the historic time of Remembrance, originating with the Armistice of 1918.
The Royal British Legion started a few years after that, when it became clear that injured veterans of the First World War still needed help.
That was a century ago. Since then we have had another world war, and the Korean War, both of which involved conscription.
And in the decades since then UK service people haven't stopped being on the front line. They have fought to defend territory and British nationals, fought as allies of foreign governments, and also gone in as peacemakers and to prevent genocide.
People say they know the risks, and in one sense this is true. But they join up to a defence force, and they don't make the decisions about where they will be deployed.
They are all brave people, because they overcome their fear and do what their job demands of them. They certainly don't want to be killed or maimed, but this is the sad fate of too many of them.
So Remembrance Sunday is when we will think about the sacrifice made by all those who lost their lives or whose lives were changed forever.
The Poppy Appeal gives you a chance to show that you value what they have done on our behalf, by wearing a poppy and by donating towards the welfare work carried out by the Royal British Legion for service veterans, both old and young.
We know life is hard for lots of people just now, but it is even harder for them, so please give generously and/or help with your time.
Poppy Appeal organiser