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Garden of Remembrance opened as Poppy Appeal launch event raises thousands

PUBLISHED: 15:32 31 October 2016

Sabrina Patel -  359 Bexleyheath Squadron Air Cadets at the Poppy Appeal 2016 launch in Bexleyheath. Photography Simon Hildrew

Sabrina Patel - 359 Bexleyheath Squadron Air Cadets at the Poppy Appeal 2016 launch in Bexleyheath. Photography Simon Hildrew

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The launch event took place across the weekend

Thousands of pounds was raised over the weekend at the launch of this year’s Poppy Appeal.

A service at Christ Church in Bexley saw the Garden of Remembrance opened, while local volunteers helped raise money in the town centre.

Army, air and police cadets were on hand to talk through their active roles whilst fundraising for the Royal British Legion.

Passers-by also spotted a Scammel Recovery Vehicle and The Great War Trench Experience vehicle to explore.

More than £9000 was collected over the two-day event - money that will now go to supporting members of the Armed Forces community.

Treasurer and membership secretary at the RBL, Ken Sprowes, commented: “The success was helped enormously by the support of the Bexleyheath Improvement District, but also by the army, air and police cadets who turned out on both days and helped with the collecting.

“There were numerous other volunteers hard at work as well and we are very grateful for their time and their efforts and of course the public’s generosity.”

The Royal British Legion will be continuing the collecting now at our static points in Bexleyheath including the Broadway Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath ASDA, Welling Morrisons and Welling Tesco.

A service will be held at Bexleyheath War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday.


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