BUCKINGHAM’S new Poppy Appeal organiser is using his links with the Royal Latin School to get more young people to support veterans.
Former RLS deputy head Andy Cooper said young members of the Air Training Corps and Army Cadet Force already support the appeal, but for the first time he will be encouraging school students on free periods to join veterans for on-street collections.
Mr Cooper became a civilian member of the Royal British Legion after meeting former servicemen and women he had invited into the school and also took students on regular trips to war graves in France. Mr Cooper said he had gained a deep respect for veterans over the years and added: “I think there is a responsibility for civilians like myself to do something to help them and their dependants.”
Any young person who would like to help with the appeal can contact Mr Cooper on 01280 816140.
Meanwhile appeals are also being launched in Winslow, Bicester and South Northants.
Jan Keen, secretary of Bicester and Launton RBL branch said as a garrison town the appeal had a great deal of meaning and added: “I was amazed at how many came to cheer on the 23 Pioneer Regiment when they last returned to Afghanistan.”
For the first time in nearly 30 years, Towcester’s Poppy Appeal will be conducted by its own branch following its reformation this year. Its appeal launch takes place today at the South Northants Council office at 10pm.