Following last year’s launch at the cenotaph, the Kenilworth and District Poppy Appeal opening event for 2017 was hosted by Joy Thorpe and the team at Kenilworth Manor Care Home.
One of Poppy Appeal’s longest serving volunteers, Margaret Kite BEM, also presented town Mayor, Cllr Kate Dickson, with her poppy for this year at the event.
It is particularly appropriate that residents of a care home in Kenilworth are helping to raise thousands of pounds for service people, veterans and their families. Around £24,000 was raised locally last year with the aim to beat the total this year.
None of the fundraising would be possible without the unwavering support of a small but committed team of volunteers. Continuing the tradition, this is very much a town event and huge thanks are due to all businesses, schools and clubs which take part – over 100 in total.
In addition, to the usual street collections, poppies are available up to Sunday 12 November, when the nation falls silent at 11am on Remembrance Sunday.
The launch was especially poignant for the residents of Kenilworth Manor, based in Thickthorn Orchards, with many vividly remembering how life was during World War II.
Joy Thorpe said: “Everyone here at the care home was honoured to help launch this vital annual appeal and delighted that the Mayor and Margaret could be present.
“We hope to raise lots of money to support veterans, the families who care for them and of course our many serving men and women currently in the armed forces.
“We spent some time reminiscing about the Second World War during Councillor Dickson’s visit. It was a defining period in the lives of many of our residents and they were very keen to make sure they played a part in ensuring those whose sacrifices meant they did not get to live to old age would never be forgotten.”
Cllr Dickson added: “It is really fitting that Kenilworth Manor was the chosen location for this year’s launch and we hope the appeal raises lots of money for such a great cause.”
To get involved, or to enquire about help from the RBL, Kenilworth Poppy Appeal can be contacted on 07964 704941.