Poppy appeal launched in Hemsworth

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Royal British Legion volunteers have appealed for donations to help armed forces veterans during this year’s poppy appeal.

The legion’s Hemsworth branch has launched a two-week fundraising appeal to help veterans of conflicts around the world.

Last year the branch raised more than £10,000, but volunteers hope to raise even more in this year’s appeal, which runs for the two weeks before Remembrance Sunday.

Collection tins have been placed in shops around the town and volunteers will be selling poppies in Tesco, on Cross Hill.

Jean Price, Hemsworth poppy appeal chairwoman, said: “We are trying to raise as much as possible this year.

“It all goes to support people in the forces so they can come to us if there’s anything they need.”

Marchers will gather for a remembrance parade at Hemsworth Community Centre, on Bullenshaw Road, at 9.30am on Sunday, November 9, before a service at St Helen’s Church, on Station Road.