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Poppy Appeal launches in Lincolnshire

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People in Lincolnshire are being urged to the Armed Forces community and recognise the courage of Service families.

The Royal British Legion's Lincolnshire 2012 Poppy Appeal, is being launched today by Lieutenant Colonel Julian Pemberton-Pigott from Headquarters Royal Logistics Corp Territorial Army based in Grantham.

The Poppy Appeal Launch starts at midday with music provided by the Marham Le Fen Victory Silver Band. There will also be a poppy drip from the rear of a Lancaster plane.

The Legion's national fundraising target a record-breaking £42 million, so this is going to be the biggest Poppy Appeal ever. Lincolnshire is going to play a huge part in this, and we want to raise £850,000 and show the strength of support for the Armed Forces family in Lincolnshire."

– Brigadier Barry Reeves

All money raised will go towards providing vital support for the Armed Forces and their families, so we're urging everyone to get involved and raise as much as they can for the 2012 Poppy Appeal."

– Tony Goodwin, County Chairman
  • The Legion has flexible and wide ranging support to help every generation of the Armed Forces community, and it estimates almost 9.5 million people in the UK are eligible for its help.
  • For families, the Legion provides adventure breaks for Service children and holiday breaks for families who have had to spend long periods apart.
  • Older veterans get help with home repairs, places in residential homes and support if they suffer from conditions like dementia.
  • The charity also provides benefits and money advice, emergency grants and employment support, and has also recently invested £50 million to care for wounded, injured and sick in-Service personnel.
  • Each week, the Legion spends more than £1.7 million on helping members of the Armed Forces Family - serving, ex-Service and their dependants, answering more than 165,000 calls for help each year.

You can find out more about the British Legion Poppy Appeal here.

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