Poppy Appeal launched

"Rock on Poppy", says Bobby Ball as he gets the first poppy of the Lytham and St Annes Poppy Appeal for 2012, from Spencer Leader, President and Poppy Organiser of St Annes Branch
"Rock on Poppy", says Bobby Ball as he gets the first poppy of the Lytham and St Annes Poppy Appeal for 2012, from Spencer Leader, President and Poppy Organiser of St Annes Branch

COMEDIAN Bobby Ball has launched this year’s Lytham St Annes Poppy Appeal.

Twelve months ago, the appeal raised a record £30,000 locally towards a bumper national total of £40m.

Bobby said: “I give my full support to the Poppy Appeal.

“It helps our troops, and we should never forget and never let it die.”

The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Armed Forces charity and the money raised from the Appeal goes towards the its welfare work.

The Legion’s St Annes branch will be collecting donations in Lytham and St Annes for the two weeks running up to Remembrance Day on Sunday, November 11.

Spencer Leader MBE, president of the St Annes branch and Poppy Appeal organiser for the last 35 years, who accompanied Bobby at the appeal launch, said: “It is a privilege to collect in our area, due to the kindness and understanding of the people of Lytham and St Annes.

“Each year people show their appreciation for the sacrifices our brave men and women, who devote their lives to keeping us safe.”

St Annes branch chairman Albert Cooper added: “We have a dedicated number of people who help with the collection, and we always need more,

“Anyone who might be able to offer a few hours to help us to try to make this year’s appeal better than last will be most welcome.”