Leamington poppy appeal aims to raise £35,000

“TREMENDOUS” support was shown by Leamington people for this year’s poppy appeal at the Royal British Legion’s launch event on Saturday.

Veterans and dignitaries from the town were joined by crowds at the Royal Priors shopping centre to mark the beginning of the 2012 campaign - during which organisers are hoping to raise £35,000 for the charity.

Volunteer poppy appeal organiser Tracy Izatt said: “There was a really good turnout. It was very pleasing to see. The support of the Leamington people was tremendous.

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“I have former serving armed forces personnel in my family, so the Royal British Legion has been part of my life since I was a small child.

“I also know quite a few people who have lost family members who died while in service.

“In Leamington, we raised more than £34,000 last year, so we would like to take it to £35,000 this year if we can. We rely heavily on the generosity of the public.”

Poppies are available at a temporary Poppy Appeal shop at 12 the Parade. There is also a table in the Royal Priors shopping centre and people can buy poppies from street sellers and in shops, pubs and clubs from tomorrow (Saturday).

Anyone who would like to help with this year’s appeal should call 07904 075993.