British Legion in cash drive for heroes

MEN ON A MISSION -- four key members of the Hucknall branch of the Legion promote their fundraising drive. They are (from left) welfare officer Mick Howard, welfare chairman Keith Hill, chairman Kevin Tomlinson and Poppy Appeal organiser Barrie Straw

MEN ON A MISSION -- four key members of the Hucknall branch of the Legion promote their fundraising drive. They are (from left) welfare officer Mick Howard, welfare chairman Keith Hill, chairman Kevin Tomlinson and Poppy Appeal organiser Barrie Straw

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THE HUCKNALL branch of the Royal British Legion, which is one of the oldest in the country, is bidding to play its part in raising £50 million to mark the charity’s 90th anniversary.

The Legion, which works to support members of the armed forces, past and present, was launched on May 15 1921.

Hucknall’s branch, which is based on Beardall Street, was formed in August 1921.

Now it is making an appeal for the Hucknall public to back a massive cash-drive.

Nationwide, the Legion has joined forces with the Help For Heroes charity in a bid to raise enough money to open a series of Personnel Recovery Centres (PRCs). These centres will specialise in the care of servicemen and women who have been injured on the frontline or are facing long-term sickness.

Help For Heroes will plough £40 million into the scheme to build the centres. The cash from the Legion will pay to staff them and keep them running.

Most of the Legion’s contribution will come from the organisation’s annual Poppy Appeal.

But there will also be fundraising through a series of events and anniversary celebrations across the country.

Hucknall will stage a celebration day on Saturday August 20 at the branch’s base.

In the meantime, wristbands and pin badges are also being sold in the town at I Made This, of Baker Street, T8s, of Central Walk, and the High Street locations of Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group and Johnson’s newsagent’s.

Barrie Straw, who is the Poppy Appeal organiser for the Hucknall branch, said: “Our motto is ‘standing shoulder to shoulder with all who serve’ and the fundraising commitment is an extension of this.”