British Legion branch heading for another record year of fundraising

Stoke Gifford Poppy Appeal launch at Bristol Parkway Station.

The award winning Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion is heading for another record breaking year of fundraising for the Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

For the current year which runs from 1st October 2011 to 30th September 2012, the branch has so far raised over £36,500, an increase of £6,000 on last year’s branch record of £30,500.

For the 2010/11 year, the branch won the county’s Marling Cup for most improved branch and the branch’s Poppy Appeal organiser Terry Webber won third place in the Williams Cup.

The Stoke Gifford branch covers Bradley Stoke, Filton, Stoke Gifford, and Little Stoke.

Branch spokesman David Bell said:

“We are very grateful to the public for their great generosity in helping to raise so much for the Poppy Appeal which goes to help fund the Legion’s welfare work. Our success is also due to the many venues which allow us to collect for the appeal and our great team of volunteers. The media do a great job helping us to publicise our work which helps the Legion’s efforts.”

If you would like to volunteer to help the Legion in its work please contact the branch’s Poppy Appeal organiser Terry Webber on 0117 909 1486 or your local branch.

The Legion supports serving and ex-serving members of HM Forces and their dependants, who are in need. The Poppy Appeal is the largest military welfare charity in the country, distributing £1.4 million every week supporting current and ex service personnel and their families, so it needs to continue raising funds.

The Stoke Gifford branch has a very strong welfare team of four caseworkers. If you know anyone who may need the support of the Legion please contact Welfare Chairman Terry Webber on 0117 909 1486 or Branch Chairman Brian Hewitt on 01454 775632.

Photo: Launch of the Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion’s 2011 Poppy Appeal at Bristol Parkway Station. Elaine O’Driscoll (left), Bristol Parkway station booking office supervisor with serving military personnel, Stoke Gifford RBL Branch collectors and members and local MP and serving member of the branch Jack Lopresti.

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