After another successful fundraising year, the Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) is already gearing up for its 2016/17 Poppy Appeal.
The branch, which covers Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, Stoke Lodge, Stoke Gifford and Filton, will stage its traditional Poppy Appeal launch event at Bristol Parkway Station on Friday 28th October, starting at 2pm.
VIP guests expected to attend the launch are Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cumming MBE, national RBL trustee Martyn Tighe and branch vice-president Jack Lopresti MP.
Alf Sollars from the Patchway RBL branch, motorcyclists from the RBL Riders and Andrew Phelps, the Stoke Gifford Senior Scout Leader, will also be there.
University of the West of England student Zak Ajjane will play the Last Post and Reveille.
Branch chairman and Poppy Appeal organiser John Moloney has led the branch to another successful fundraising year with the 2015/16 branch total standing at £49,000 in mid-September (the appeal year ends on 30th September).
The money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes to the RBL’s Welfare Fund, which is used to give help and support to current and ex-service personnel and their families.
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