SOLIHULL’S Poppy Appeal was launched on Monday, with volunteers hoping to better the record-breaking £61,000 raised by the borough’s British Legion last year.
Mayor of Solihull, Coun Ken Hawkins, met organisers of the 2012 campaign at Solihull’s War Memorial on Monday morning.
Poppies will go on sale from October 27, in the run up to Remembrance Sunday, and a series of fund raising events will take place locally.
Dave Mouzer, chairman of Solihull Royal British Legion, said the organisation continued to be overwhelmed by the generosity of local people.
“It was incredible last year to increase the amount we raised by almost 15 per cent, especially when times are so tough financially,” he told the Solihull News.
“I think that the sacrifices in Afghanistan and Iraq brings home that this is about servicemen today, as well as those who fought in the First and Second World War.
“It used to be you could tell how well you’d done by the way the tin rattled, now it’s impossible because there are often £10 or £20 notes stuffed inside.”
Solihull Royal British Legion has, in previous years, raised more through the Poppy Appeal than any other branch in the Warwickshire county.
Coun Hawkins is not surprised by this, arguing that the borough has a “strong tradition” of supporting the armed forces.
“I’ve been lucky enough to meet some outstanding and truly inspiring service members,” he said.
There will be a Poppy Night, with live music by the Sharmanaires Big Band, on October 25, and the Frog Island Jazz Band on October 28.
Both events are £5, taking place at the British Legion HQ, in Union Road.
On November 10, the AD Concert Band will play Solihull Methodist Community Hall and on November 3/10, there will be displays of ex-military vehicles in Mell Square.
If you would like to volunteer as a Poppy Appeal helper, call Sonia Mouzer on 0121 603 6266.