Remembrance Day: Poppy appeal launched in Romford
PUBLISHED: 16:08 07 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:15 07 November 2013
Royal British Legion members, scout groups and local politicians were on hand at Mercury Mall last week to launch the 2013 Romford Poppy Appeal.
Each year, the Legion campaign raises money in the run up to Remembrance Day to support members of the Armed Forces.
Standard Bearers of the Romford branch joined the mayor of Havering, Cllr Eric Munday and council leader Cllr Michael White on Wednesday of last week for the official ceremony.
Also in attendance were Hornchurch and Upminster MP Angela Watkinson and members of Havering Police Cadets.
“I think it’s absolutely right that we take time to stop and reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country.” said Cllr Michael White.
The 11am launch marked the Legion’s 92nd appeal, which this year focuses on giving support to families involved in the forces.
Last year the charity raised around £85,000.
Sarah DeCourcy Rolls, manager of Mercury Mall, said: “We wish the Legion every success with their appeal and hope that, with the help of our shoppers, they are able to raise even more than last year.”
In the first week of Poppy Fortnight – the two weeks leading up to Remembrance Day – the Romford branch raised £14,630, according to organiser Pamela Morrison.
Poppies are on sale at Mercury Mall until Sunday.