Volunteer to help the Poppy Appeal

Soon we shall be remembering the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in conflicts all over the world.

The tradition of remembering the fallen by wearing a poppy began in the years following The Great War (1914 – 18). Today when we wear our poppies it is a reminder of all those who gave their lives in the service of their country. For our tomorrows they gave their todays.

The Royal British Legion is the custodian of remembrance and this year, as in other years, we will be holding a parade and service in Pontefract on November 10, starting at 10.45am. There will also be a service in Ackworth. Two minutes’ silence will be held at the war memorials in Pontefract and Ackworth at the eleventh hour on Monday November 11.

The Royal British Legion is the number one charity for service men and women and their dependents. Every year the legion spends in the region of £70m on welfare benefits. Much of the money is raised through the sale of poppies. Last year in Pontefract and Ackworth, thanks to the generosity of the local people, we raised more than £21,000 toward the poppy appeal.

We hope to build on that this year. To that end we need more volunteers who are willing to give up a couple of hours of their time to sell poppies in the town’s supermarkets. If you would like to help please email ackworthlegion@talktalk.net or give me a ring on 01977 615268. You will find it a rewarding experience and you will be working with someone who has volunteered in previous years. It is an opportunity for you to make a real difference.

Brian Berry


The Royal British Legion

Ackworth and Pontefract