Royal British Legion putting spotlight on Shrewsbury for one-day Poppy Appeal fundraiser
Shropshire Council is supporting a one-day Poppy Appeal fundraiser organised by the Royal British Legion (RBL) on Tuesday 7 November 2023.
The Shrewsbury Poppy Appeal Fundraiser will be a one-day collection across the town, with 120 military personnel from RAF Cosford, RAF Shawbury and The Rifles coming together to aid the annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Collections will take place between 9.30am and 4pm, with the RBL encouraging the public to come and meet those that are serving locally and help raise vital funds for the Armed Forces community past and present. Collections will also take place in The Square, where there will be military vehicles, RBL welfare team for those seeking advice and support, and a main fundraising hub.
Shropshire Council’s Armed Forces Covenant team will also be attending, offering advice and guidance to serving personnel, veterans and their families.
Kirstie Hurst Knight, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member, and Armed Forces Champion, said:-
“I look forward to seeing the military personnel out and about in Shrewsbury collecting for what is such an important cause ahead of Remembrance Day itself.
“The annual appeal means such a lot to the Armed Forces community and people who donate can be assured they are supporting the Legion’s outstanding work which goes on all year round.
“As an Armed Forces Covenant gold award employer, Shropshire Council is lending its support to the appeal and we will have a stand in The Square where people can learn more about how our award-winning Outreach programme can offer assistance.”
The project offers Shropshire-based veterans, serving personnel and their families, along with members who are receiving hospital care in the county, support with finding housing, education and employment, dealing with financial issues, overcoming substance abuse, improving their mental and physical health, and dealing with many other issues.
This year the RBL’s new plastic-free poppy will be available to the public that is made entirely from paper and can be easily recycled. The plastic-free poppy will be available alongside remaining stocks of the existing poppy design to reduce any waste of poppies already produced.