Legion of local fundraisers recognised at awards ceremony

03rd March 2008

Kind-hearted residents and businesses were recognised for their work in raising cash for the Royal British Legion last week, at the 2008 Poppy Appeal Awards.

Chairman of the District Council Councillor Amrit Mediratta presented the awards to their deserving recipients on Wednesday 27 February at the Royal British Legion hall in Rickmansworth.

Councillor Mediratta with Royal British Legion volunteersCouncillor Mediratta said:

"It was an honour to present these awards to individuals and companies who have given their time to raise funds for the Royal British Legion (RBL), which provides vital support for those brave people who committed themselves to defending our country. The tremendous work of these local fundraisers is what makes this support possible."

The awards recognised long service ranging from five to 60 years. Mrs Ivy Jennings was the star of the show, receiving an award to mark 60 years of volunteering her time to help the Royal British Legion.

Suzanne Harding, Poppy Appeal Organiser, said:

"2007 was another record year for the Rickmansworth Poppy Appeal fundraising, with over £24,000 raised. Although all funds raised go to the Legion's central Poppy Appeal account, it is an organisation that operates at local level. We are therefore always looking for new volunteers to help, especially during Poppy Week in November."

Every year over 300,000 ex-service people and their dependants turn to The Royal British Legion for practical assistance and emotional support.

Residents can ring the Legion for support or to volunteer on 0845 772 5725.