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Big Thank You to Volunteers and Public as Nantwich’s Poppy Appeal Raises Over £42,000

Article: Jonathan White

In the run up to Remembrance Day on Thursday 11th November 2021, poppies were bought and worn with pride by thousands of people across the Nantwich area.

Nantwich RBL Poppy Appeal collection stand in Sainsburys Nantwich

The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, during the period of Remembrance. Since 1921, the poppy has been adopted as a symbol of remembrance, inspired by the First World War poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.

This year (2021) Nantwich & District Branch of the Royal British Legion (Nantwich RBL) collections raised £41,159.70, along with £1,476 from their JustGiving page. These generous donations from the people of Nantwich and beyond makes a fantastic grand total of £42,635.70.

Currently the Nantwich RBL are engaging with increasing numbers of ex-service personnel through their Veterans Breakfast Club, as part of their Branch Community Support programme. Their next meet is on Saturday 8th January 2022 (usually first Saturday each month) at the café inside Nantwich Market on Market Street in Nantwich.

Nantwich RBL Poppy Appeal collection stand on Nantwich town square

2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the Nantwich RBL, as the branch was formed on 30th September 1921.

2021 also marked the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion. The British Legion was formed on 15th May 1921 after the end of the First World War with Royal status being granted in 1971.

Jan McKeown, Poppy Appeal Coordinator, Nantwich RBL, said: “I am so grateful to all the volunteers for their time and support as without them I couldn’t have done this. But most of all I want to give the people of Nantwich and district a really big thank you for their fantastic generosity and for supporting this brilliant cause. All monies raised goes towards supporting both our servicemen and ex-servicemen and their families from all branches of the forces.”

For further information relating to Nantwich RBL, please email either: Nantwich.Memsecretary@RBL.community or Nantwich.Secretary@RBL.Community or see the Nantwich RBL and Royal British Legion websites.