Poppy appeal’s town bonanza

Residents of Driffield and the surrounding villages have shown their generosity by donating £14,728.87 to date for the Poppy Appeal.

The sum equals last years total at the time of going to press

British Legion Driffield and district branch secretary Mr John Forrester said: “The Committee and members of the Driffield branch thank everyone for their support for the Annual Poppy Appeal.”

The collecting period was from October 28 to November 11 and House to House collections raised £1542.55 in Driffield, Static Points (Unmanned)pulled in £2589.36; Church Collection Driffield achieved £465.92; a Street Collection £1058.92; Static Points (Manned) £2099.20 and the Sale of Wreaths £1353.00

The figures above are totals for the town and villages, below is the totals by villages, volunteers and friends of the Royal British Legion.

Hutton Cranswick £325.98, Garton £93.57, Lund £305.78, Wansford £126.12, Fridaythorpe £112.11, Kilnwick £175.42, North frodingham Area £549.81, Tibthorpe £100.55, H Cranswick Whist drive £170.50 Tesco Collection Points £1391.10, North Dalton £166.30, Wetwang £142.83, Middleton on the Wolds £151.98, Sledmere & Fimber £378.74, Huggate £209.52, Beswick £129.18, Burton Agnes & Nafferton £659.79, Little Driffield £121. 52, Village Church Collection £358.95, Watton £112. 75.

The rest of the money is raised by donations and fund raising. The Driffield branch of the RBL meet at the Bell Hotel on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be January 22 2013 at 8pm, anyone interested in the work of the Royal British Legion is welcome to attend.

Mr Forrester said: The motto of the Royal British Legion is ‘Service not Self’. However recently we have used ‘Shoulder to shoulder with all who serve’ which seems more appropriate in today’s world. For a number of years now it seems that the general opinion has been that we exist for those who served in 2nd World War, which of course is not true. At the moment there are over 500,000 members of the community that are eligible for help from the RBL. Nearly a quarter of those we help now are below the age of 44, and another 25% are between the age of 44 and 68. Today’s economic conditions are already severely affecting the youngest and most vulnerable in our beneficiary group.

Mr Forrester added: “Shoulder to Shoulder with all who Serve, we spend nearly £1.7 million a week delivering health and welfare support to service people young and old and their families. As guardian of the Military Covenant we campaign for improvements to legislation, public policies and statutory services and our nationwide network of volunteers and staff works locally to help those in need.

Our beneficiaries come from all walks of life- from a young Service widow needing emotional support and advice after a bereavement to an older veteran needing minor repairs to their home in order to remain independent. From a young Service man disabled by conflict needing financial assistance to an elderly veteran with dementia being cared for by their partner. From a child of a serving family needing an adventure break to a young entrepreneur needing advice and assistance to be their own boss. We are the national Custodian of Remembrance - we inform people of all ages about the importance of remembering those from the British Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and those who fought and are fighting still for the freedoms we enjoy today. In the last 12 months we helped our beneficiary community with 160,000 interventions. 2 examples are, we provided 3,680 beneficiaries living with long-term ill health or disability with the funds for mobility aids, equipment and vehicles and low level housing adaptions, such as stair lifts. We provided immediate assistance to 11,230 beneficiaries in a temporary crisis with food, groceries, furniture, household appliances and repairs to property to the value of £6.1 million. We also have a number of Poppy Break Centres where people in need of a break can go for up to two weeks. Alderson House in Bridlington is one such centre. Last year the RBL spent £114.5 of which 47% is spent in providing Welfare Service to our beneficiaries.

Mr Forrester said: “In conjunction with other Welfare Services for the Service Community we administer units that have been created to assist severely injured servicemen and women battle back to fitness both physically and mentally to either return to duty or prepare them for life in ‘civvy street’. As the word implies they are called Battleback Centres. Many other schemes are in operation, too numerous to mention in this article.”