Thanks to Rugby for the Poppy Appeal
On behalf of the Royal British Legion I would like to say “Thank you” to the residents of Rugby and the wider Borough for the tremendous support given to the Poppy Appeal in 2018.
In 2018 the Royal British Legion led the nation in saying Thank You to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world.
The WW1 generation gave us the freedom we have today. The public were asked to be a part of their history - to do something big or small to say Thank You. The residents of Rugby certainly did that, with tremendous displays at home, in businesses and public buildings with wonderful Poppy Festivals and music events. It was inspiring to travel round Rugby and to see poppies everywhere be it on a lamppost , a fence or adorning statues and memorials. It was inspiring also to see so many people wearing Poppies in their many different forms.
We wanted to thank all of those who fought and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, we wanted to thank the Arts as arts and cults were impacted and influenced by the experiences of poets, artists and musicians. We wanted to thank the children whose lives were changed by either the loss of a parent, a sibling or a loved relation or faced a future living with the same maimed or injured by the horror of war. We wanted to thank the WW1 pioneers, driven to innovate and introduce things such as the wrist watch and tea bags for example. We wanted to thank the women of WW1 who played a huge part in the war effort and changed their role in society with so many women working in jobs outside the home and shaping the future for women in years to come. We wanted to thank the Commonwealth who answered the call to come and volunteer from far and wide places such as India, the Carribean and Africa, all of whom today form a vibrant part of our culture. We wanted to thank the Armed Forces not only for serving but also for bringing the resolve they had in war to bring about change in the social climate, returning home they found a struggling economy and housing shortages, Despite this they brought the same resolve to peace that they had shown in war, helping to rebuild Britain.
The Poppy Appeal wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of volunteers and these are not just from the Royal British Legion but from many churches and other voluntary groups, as well as tremendous support from the Mayor, Tom Mahoney, so to all the volunteers, I say “Thank You”.
I would also like to say “Thank You” to all of the businesses and schools that helped support the Poppy Appeal by either making corporate donations or letting us leave a box of Poppies and and collecting on our behalf.
A special “Thank You” is due to the management and staff of Rugby Central for allowing us to set up our stand in the shopping centre. We felt safe and were protected from the elements and your magnificent gesture in enabling it is one of those times that saying thank you doesn’t seem enough.
Without all of your support the Royal British Legion wouldn’t be able to carry on its work supporting both Veterans and those that currently serve as well as their families. The Royal British Legion offers help in many different ways including advice on Finances, support to help Independent Living, to provide care in dedicated Royal British Legion care homes, to provide help for those who need it during recovery and also providing respite care where that helps and finally helping service personnel with advice and support on adjusting to civilian life. If you want to know more then a good place to start is www.britishlegion.org.uk or call 0808 802 8080 between 8am and 8pm
None of this is possible without your support and all I can say again is “Thank You” together we can make a difference
President Rugby No 1 Branch