Why not hold a poppy party?

Poppy Party at Outwood Memorial Hall

Poppy Party at Outwood Memorial Hall

The Royal British Legion turns 90 this year – and has been encouraging communities to hold ‘poppy parties’ to celebrate.
So as part of nationwide celebrations throughout June; I hosted a ‘Poppy Party’ with local pensioners.

Most of us enjoy a good ‘knees-up’ – and fantastic local dance teacher Pauline Clark had a roomful of veterans and supporters (and me of
course) moving and shaking the whole afternoon, while tea and cakes donated by the co-op kept us refreshed.

Hardworking volunteers had set on fundraising games and a raffle.

The British Legion have ambitions plans to raise a massive £90million in this, the organisation’s 90th year.

But so many people are giving their time to help not only for an afternoon of fun, but because we recognise the valuable contribution the Legion plays in our community and really support the cause.

It is always a humbling experience to meet local veterans and hear their stories. So it is good to know the RBL are on hand to help look after them.

More than nine million people across the UK are eligible to call on the RBL for help, and the charity spends nearly £1.4million a week delivering health and welfare support to Service people and their families.

I promised those who let me know they could not make it that I would try and hold a similar event again next year – in fact there was such demand that I hope our ‘poppy tea dance’ will become an annual event.

I’m pleased to report too that my recent ‘knees-up’ of a different variety also passed of without a hitch – as I joined a team of dedicated daredevils getting a bird’s eye view of Wakefield from the top of the Cathedral.

Stepping over the top to begin my abseil was pretty stressful – you don’t realise quite how tall the cathedral is until you’re standing up there looking down – but the whole team who organised the day did a great job.

I raised over £600 on the day, but if you haven’t yet sponsored me, there is still time! Get in touch with me on 0113253 9466 to pledge your support.

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Posted July 6th, 2011 by Ed

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