Poppy Appeal 2018 – Your support is needed

The annual Poppy Appeal start on Friday 26 October and the Sherborne and district collectors will be hoping to exceed last year’s income of £30,000 for The Royal British Legion.  2018 is a special year for the Armed Forces, as it is the Centenary of the signing of Armistice at the end of World War 1, as well as 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force.

Last week the team of collectors gathered outside their store room, kindly provided as a donation by Sherborne Castle Estates, to prepare the nearly 300 familiar blue trays which will be handed out to the valued band of collectors going door-to-door or standing on street corners in all weather during the 2018 Poppy Appeal, supported by almost all the shops and other business establishments in Sherborne and surrounding villages.

House-to-house and school collections take place between Saturday 28 October and Saturday 10 November, while street collections will take place in Sherborne between Saturday 3 and Saturday 10 November.  Remembrance Day is commemorated on Sunday 11 November across the country.

The Sherborne Royal British Legion will again run their annual shop window display competition to promote the Appeal.  Look out for some amazing and ingenious displays.  The organisers also supply small wooden crosses and Poppy wreaths (for a small donation) for placement at the various War Memorials on Remembrance Day.

The Poppy Appeal organisers are always looking for anyone who can spare some time to join the collection or is prepared to help with the background organisation.  If you would like to be part of the Appeal in any way, please contact Elspeth Graham on 01963 364 771.

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