On behalf of all those we are able to help, may I say a very big thank you to the citizens of Lancaster and district for their great generosity in the 2013 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, which has so far raised a magnificent £36,000.
Thank you also to our small but dedicated and very hard working team of volunteer collectors; especially those who collect outside whatever the weather.
All of them spend many hours raising money for the appeal.
I also thank the businesses and shops that allow us to place collection boxes in their premises, the superstores that allow us to collect in their stores, Lancaster University who let us collect on campus and the market and city council for letting us have standing collections. My thanks too to those who distribute and collect the boxes and count the money.
The Poppy Appeal money goes to help all our service and ex-service men and women in need from the Royal Navy, the army and the Royal Air Force of whatever rank and of all ages and from all conflicts right up to the present day and their dependants.
The Royal British Legion is responsible for their welfare for life and provides a wide range of assistance, advice and help, even extending to adapting homes if necessary for the severely injured. We provide white goods, electric wheel chairs, lifelines; almost anything where there is a need and our six care homes provide short and long-term care for our beneficiaries.
Finally thank you for attending the two minutes silence on November 11 and Remembrance Sunday.
By doing so and supporting the Poppy Appeal so generously, you have showed that you do remember those who have died and been severely injured so that we may enjoy the freedom that we have today and that you care for those who still suffer as a result of war and service to our country.
President, secretary and press officer
Lancaster Royal British Legion.