Poppy Appeal organisers hope to raise £56,000

Mildred and Rod Pelling, Eve Martin and Gladys Shaw
Mildred and Rod Pelling, Eve Martin and Gladys Shaw

ORGANISERS of the Poppy Appeal which launched last weekend, hope to match the 2011 total of £56,000.

The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal in Hastings launched on Saturday (October 26) at the town hall.

Mildred Pelling, 77, first helped her mother sell poppies aged 11, and has been poppy appeal organiser for Hastings and St Leonards since 1990.

Her husband Ron, chairman of the local Royal British Legion, has been involved with the Poppy Appeal since the 1950s.

Mrs Pelling said: “We are hoping that we will raise at least as much as last year, which was £50,000, and we would like to raise the same amount that we raised the year before, which was £56,000.

“But with the economic climate as it is, you never know how much you will raise.”

The town’s four main supermarkets will be collecting for the appeal, and there will be dozens of volunteers out on the streets.

Money raised from the appeal funds the British Legion’s support of members of the British armed forces and their families.

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Royal British Legion will be holding a service to mark the opening of The Garden of Remembrance, at the War Memorial in Alexandra Park from 10.40am.

On Remembrance Sunday (November 10) the remembrance parade will take place in Alexandra Park at 11am, with an evening Festival of Remembrance and Re-dedication at the White Rock Theatre from 6pm.

On Monday, November 11 a ceremony to mark 11-11-11 will be held in Kings Walk, Priory Meadow, from 10.40am.