We have real Poppy Appeal
Hopefully by now you will have already seen or heard about the way we are supporting this year’s Poppy Appeal. We have an enormous Poppy on the side of the Practice and we are placing 960 poppies in our Living Wall to commemorate the 960 service men from central Exeter who gave their lives for our freedom during the First World War. Both Ben and myself are ex Royal Navy and Claire our associate Dentist was in the Royal Army Dental Corps so it feels only right to show our support.
If you don’t know much about it, the Poppy Appeal is a very significant part of the Royal British Legion’s fund raising efforts bringing in about 40% of the annual total. The need for the funds has not diminished even though the recent conflicts involving British forces on ground operations have ceased. 450,000 requests were received by the Royal British Legion in the last year alone. The weekly sum spent on its charitable activities is about £1.5 million and the annual sum spent purely on welfare last year was just over £61 million.
The Royal British Legion remains one of the best recognised National charities coming second only to Cancer Research in a 2014 national survey. The public have always responded magnificently in the past to The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and with that time of year approaching fast, The Royal British Legion is asking again for the public’s help with its vital work for the service community and we are only too happy to show our support. Come on in and have a look at the Wall - we have placed 500 poppies so far and have another 460 to go - it looks stunning.