Poppy Appeal 2011

8 November 2011

The Royal British Legion’s 2011 Poppy Appeal in Suffolk is standing shoulder to shoulder with our brave Armed Forces to support the recovery of Service people injured in current conflicts.

Under the strapline ‘Shoulder to shoulder’, The Suffolk Poppy Appeal was launched by Newmarket Racehorses “Harry Patch and Henry Allingham” at Newmarket on 26th October.

Under Starters Order for the 2011 Poppy Appeal. Newmarket Racehorses Harry Patch and Henry Allingham, with handlers Gay Jarvis and David Eustace joined forces with Suffolk Army Cadets Kersha Cobbold, Katie Rhind and Summer Warner of The Queens Royal Lancers Detachment based in Ipswich to launch the 2011 Poppy Appeal. World War One survivor Harry Patch had shown great interest in the racehorse named after him and followed his race horse’s performance avidly before he sadly passed away two years ago. Harry and Henry were the last two veterans from the Great War in this country.

Army Cadets up and down the country will be taking part in Remebrance Parades and events to support the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal.

View more images of Cadets taking part in Remembrance 2011.

Nationwide the Legion is seeking to reach a record-breaking target of £40 million nationally in support of the Armed Forces family.

“We’re urging everyone to throw their support behind the Poppy Appeal 2011, as money raised will go towards providing vital care for injured Service people,” said Adrienne Wakeling, Suffolk County Manager.

“The Legion has committed £50million over ten years towards the Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre and the operating costs of four Personnel Recovery Centre’s around the UK.

“The Battle Back Centre will be a centre of excellence for adaptive sports and adventure training, which will help Service personnel recover after their injuries, by focusing on what they can do rather than cannot.

“The Centre does will help our injured Armed Forces build confidence, motivation and independence and then either return to duty, or reskill and make a successful transition to civilian life.”

Up to 800 injured personnel will be helped each year through the Battle Back Centre and Personnel Recovery Centres, which is the core part of the Legion’s support to the Armed Forces family in 2011.

More than £1.4 million a week or over £200,000 a day is spent by the Legion on its work helping over 160,000 members of the Armed Forces Family – serving, ex-Service and their dependants.