Poppy Appeal is launched in Arun

The fund-raising drive for this year’s Poppy Appeal in the area was launched in Littlehampton, this month.

Arun District Council chairman Ann Smee was joined by deputy chief executive Nigel Croad with Littlehampton Royal British Legion branch president Dave Laker, secretary Tom Harrison and assistant Robert McLean at the Arun Civic Centre, in Maltravers Road to mark the start of the appeal.

Poppies are now available at the Civic Centre reception and dedicated volunteers will be collecting for the charity at locations throughout Arundel and Littlehampton in the run-up to Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

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Each year, Arun residents join the nation in helping to raise funds for Royal British Legion through the Poppy Appeal.

All the funds raised goes towards the Legion’s vital work, including help with war pension claims, the provision of residential and nursing care and in assisting those from the ex-service community to 
get back into civilian life through help with training, employment and housing needs.

Dave Laker said: “Donations to the Poppy Appeal are an important way in which we can all make a contribution to the funds needed to provide support across the generations of the Armed Forces, not just today, but for the rest of their lives.”

Mrs Smee said: “It is a real honour to have the opportunity to help launch this year’s Poppy Appeal for the Arun District and I am sure that people will give generously in support of the much-valued work of the Royal British Legion.

“It is so important that we do not forget the sacrifice made by our brave servicemen and women from conflicts past and present.”