We would like to express enormous thanks to Daniel Grist, Secretary, and Sir Steve Redgrave, Chairman, of the Henley Royal Regatta, all the Stewards and their guests and to Leander Club for kindly allowing us to offer special Somme commemorative badges and poppies on Friday 1 July to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Our collections raised a total of £3,483.64 for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
This is a most generous contribution to our vital work helping existing service men and women, veterans and their dependants.
The exhibition in the Prizes Tent was a salutary reminder of how the sport of rowing lost so many to the conflict. Leander Club lost 30 members in the Battle of the Somme and our thoughts were especially with them during the moving Last Post and two minutes silence.
John Green, Branch Chairman
Henley-on-Thames and Peppard Branch
The Royal British Legion