Preparations are underway for the launch of this year’s Henley Poppy Appeal.
Annie Arscott and Richard Pinches are the new organisers this year and are being supported by David Eggleton and many other dedicated volunteers around the town.
We caught up them this week, putting together the boxes which will go out for street collections, schools and shops etc which will be filled with traditional poppies, larger poppies, 2023 pin poppy badges, snap bracelets, key rings, wristbands and car poppies.
Annie Arscott said, “Having been the Henley Poppy Appeal organiser for about 5 years together with the army of supporters who still help thankfully, I was asked to come back and support Richard and David. They needed someone quickly to come in and help. The importance was to get everything ready for the launch on 28 October in Market Place from 10.30 when we’ll have Sam Brown and the ukulele players and the Mayor will buy the first poppy. The boxes will be in all the shops just a bit before then and this year we can take cash, tap and go card readers, or QR codes new for this year on many of collection boxes in the big shops.”
Expressing the significance of wearing a poppy, Richard Pinches emphasized, “Wearing a poppy shows that you care, and helps the Royal British Legion continue its vital work helping veterans and their families get much needed support.”
David added, “I think it is very important to be involved in this very good cause which helps servicemen from the World Wars and for conflicts that are carrying on now. I wear a poppy with pride. My father served in the Royal Berkshire regiment stationed in Cyprus. I’ve been involved in the Poppy Appeal for 5/6 years now. If you want to help collect donations in your street or coming out to do collections in the town, contact Richard or Annie and the money raised will go to the servicemen, still serving or come home from conflicts with injuries.”
To contact Annie to volunteer to help, please email her at email@example.com