AM BACKS POPPY APPEAL 2012

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones has added her support to The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal 2012.

The annual appeal is designed to raise vital funds for The Royal British Legion so they can continue to support Armed Forces Community. This year’s target is £42 million, that’s £2 million more than last year’s record amount.

Each week, the Legion spends more than £1.7 million on helping members of the Armed Forces family – serving, ex-Service and their dependents, answering more than 165,000 calls for help each year.

The charity also provides benefits and money advice, emergency grants and employment support, and has recently invested £50 million to care for wounded, injured and sick in-Service personnel.

The Poppy Appeal takes place in the two-week period running up to Armistice Day on 11 November, when the nation pauses for a Two Minute Silence to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during service for their country.

Ann Jones said:

“I’m proud to be adding my support to this year’s Poppy Appeal; I hope that people right across the community come together to help The Royal British Legion reach their target so they can carry on supporting our heroes.

“For families, this means providing adventure breaks and respite for Service children and holiday breaks for families who have had to spend long periods apart.

“Older veterans get help with home repairs, places in residential homes and support if they suffer from conditions like dementia.

“I’ll be wearing my poppy with pride.”