Poppy Appeal begins after record £50k year

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Last year the charity, which raises money for Armed Forces personnel and their families, topped £50,000 in the town for the first time.

This was largely due to a major boost from a programme of events to mark the centenary of the Armistice and the end of World War One.

These included Tonbridge 100, a weekend of historical re-enactments organised with Pam Mills, who has stood down after seven years working for the Poppy Appeal.

Last year her activities alone brought in more than £7,000.

Carl Lewis, the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal organiser, said: “We raised a massive amount last year, I wasn’t expecting anything like that. “We put on a lot more because of Tonbridge 100 and other events. People came to the living history weekend from far and wide – and many came to both days of it.

“It just shows the commitment to the Armed Forces veterans and their families.

“We’re not expecting anything like that total this year, but whatever people give, it makes a difference.”

This year the Poppy Appeal has stressed that remembrance includes those who died as civilians during wartime and the victims of terrorist attacks. They have always been included but for the first time the Legion has explicitly mentioned them.

Ahead of the Remembrance Sunday service which takes place at the Memorial Garden on November 10, Mr Lewis added:

“Anyone who wants to remember, together with those who served and those that cherish the memories of loved ones lost during wartime, is more than welcome.”

Next year will be the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, and events are planned to mark the occasion.


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