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Plea for support marks Poppy Appeal launch
ORGANISERS of the annual Poppy Appeal are calling on local people to support their efforts and help beat last year’s record total of more than £18,000.
“Previous support of the Poppy Appeal has been outstanding and the generous donations greatly assist those veterans, their families and dependents who have suffered injury or have fallen on hard times,” said Shaun Brosnan, branch secretary and Poppy Appeal organiser.
“Residents of Malton, Norton and district have always risen to the challenge to raise as much as possible. Last year’s appeal raised more than £18,186, which was once again a record.”
Shaun added that there were many young men and women from the district serving in Afghanisaton and other trouble-spots throughout the world, and they needed to know that there was help and support available.
He said: “It will be a great challenge in the present economic climate, but with local people’s generosity, determination and resolve we will meet that challenge as our service men and women do and have always done.”
This year’s Festival of Remembrance concert will take place at Norton College on Friday, November 9, from 7.15pm, and will include a short service by the Rev Peter Bowes and entertainment from The White Star Band, Kirkham Henry choir and the ATC Corps of Drums.
There will also be a raffle, which will include a painting by local artist,Alan Jones.
On Remembrance Sunday, November 12, a memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the war memorial in Malton starting at 11am, followed by a parade through the town and refreshments at Suddaby’s Hotel.
Services of remembrance and parades will be held across Ryedale.
Shaun said the Poppy Appeal would also be grateful for the help of more volunteers.
“The Poppy Appeal would not be such a success without those willing to help, who willingly give their time and energy and we thank all those who have given their support in the past and have pledged their support for this year’s appeal,” he said.
“However, we need more volunteers to ensure we make the most of our very limited collecting period, selling poppies, distributing boxes or manning stalls at local outlets.”
To help, phone Shaun Brosnan on 07855 796354, daytime, or 01653 693970, evenings, Paul Farndale on 01653 696632 or 07706 828650.