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York's 2011 Poppy Appeal


12:01am 28th October 2011

The Lord Mayor of York today (28th October 2011) joined forces with The Royal British Legion in York to launch its 2011 Poppy Appeal in this, the 90th Anniversary of the founding of the Legion.

The York Appeal is aiming high and hopes to raise in excess £100,000 and are confident that the citizens of York will once again give them their full support.

Why it is important to support this year's Poppy Appeal?

Here's a message from the British Legion:

The Royal British Legion stands, and has done for 90 years, shoulder to shoulder with all who serve, their dependants and their families.

The money raised during the appeal makes it possible for The Legion to help the forces family with £1.4million every week in direct welfare support.

That's £72million each year, answering more than 160,000 calls for help.

In York 100 cases are dealt with each year, ranging from the provision of electric wheelchairs to holidays at the Legion's Break Centre at Bridlington. Financial advice and funding retraining for recent service leavers are also on offer.

Nationally the British Legion have pledged £50million, the largest single funding donation in the Legion's 90-year history, to help wounded, injured and sick service men and women.

£8.5 million of that will be invested in North Yorkshire at Catterick Garrison where the one of the five Personnel Recovery and Assessment Centre will be. Here wounded, injured and sick Service men and women will recover and return to duty or be given the support needed to move successfully back into civilian life. The centre, Phoenix House, where interim facilities opened earlier this week, will also offer support to the families of recovering service men and women. It will be fully operational by 2013. Injured personnel are now recovering at Phoenix House thanks to the Legion working together with the MoD and Help for Heroes.

The Legion will create the nation's first Battle Back Centre in Lilleshall, where sports and adventure training will be used to help our injured heroes recover confidence and ability. Wounded, injured and sick Service personnel deserve nothing less than the best and The Royal British Legion will continue to support them, and their families, for the rest of their lives.

The British Legion's campaigns have also placed an extra £40million directly in the pockets of our wounded heroes.

You can stand shoulder to shoulder with our Armed Forces as well. Simply give generously and wear your poppy with pride.

Poppies are available now in shops and businesses across city, our collectors will be in various supermarkets over the next two weeks and the street collection will take place between 9th & 12th November.

The Garden of Remembrance in Duncombe Place will open on 5th Nov.

The York Poppy Office, situated in the RAFA Club Aldwark, will be open from 7th Nov where wreaths, remembrance crosses, poppies etc will be available.

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