Poppy man visits Wimbish
PUBLISHED: 17:37 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 31 May 2010
POPPY Man – the Royal British Legion s symbol of support for the British Armed Forces and their families – visited the Carver Barracks in Wimbish. Soldiers from 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) helped to launch this year s Poppy Appeal b
POPPY Man - the Royal British Legion's symbol of support for the British Armed Forces and their families - visited the Carver Barracks in Wimbish.
Soldiers from 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) helped to launch this year's Poppy Appeal by posing with the life-size figure constructed from scores of poppies.
Sgt Neil Phillips, who took part in the photo shoot, said: "We were pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile cause. The Royal British Legion provides financial, emotional and social support to ex-servicemen and serving personnel. They do a great job which is greatly appreciated."
The picture will be one of many appearing around the UK on billboards, Nationwide ATM machines and underground and over-ground stations in London to promote this year's campaign.
The Poppy Appeal takes place in the two-week period running up to Remembrance Sunday on November 9 and Armistice Day on November 11 when the nation pauses for a two-minute silence to remember those who have died during service for their country.
Royal British Legion manager for Essex Lynnette Francis said: "We hope to exceed last year's record sum of £975,958 raised in the county. By wearing a Poppy the general public can show their support and let serving soldiers know that we are thinking of them.
"It's great to see a local Regiment involved in our campaign. They do a great job and it's great to work together to help promote the Poppy Appeal in the local community.
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