Our speaker was Lyn Hatch, a British Legion Community Fund Raiser, who is responsible for organizing the annual Poppy Appeal in Norfolk. Her fact filled talk, linked into a series of slides, kept us listening intently.
We learned many little known areas of action such as, care for widows of service personnel and acting for the British Legion as custodians of rememberance at Whitehall and the Royal Albert Hall.
While most of us are familiar with the Poppy Appeal, part of the monies raised go to fund British Legion care homes. Halsey House in Cromer provides 24/7 care for its residents and is much sort after, as evidenced by the lengthy waiting list. Meanwhile a “handyman” is available to instigate small changes which may allow those waiting to continue to live in their own homes with dignity. Such provision is of course expensive and we heard that around one million pounds is needed every week. All sorts of help is available to ease the difficult return for military personnel to civilian life. Provision of relatively simple aids can and does make an enormous difference.
Moving with the times, starting from next year the symbolic poppies for button holes and wreaths will eventually dissolve, thus being recyclable. We were reminded that more volunteer Poppy Appeal collectors are needed to keep funds flowing, allowing this essential organization to continue the good work which it does so well.
The business part of the meeting was efficiently conducted and members departed with a reminder that we were invited to bring some “healthy” food and drink items to our wellbeing meeting in August which will be held on the SECOND Wednesday in the month.
New faces and visitors, are warmly welcomed to our meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
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