MORE than 80 people attended a party in celebration of Poppy Appeal supporters.
Addressing the party in the Leconfield Hall, Lewis Golden, president of the Petworth and District branch of the Royal British Legion, spoke about the significance of this year, 100 years after the outbreak of the first world war.
“We remember that it was the immense suffering and hardship that stemmed from that dreadful war which gave rise in 1921 to the formation of the Royal British Legion, bringing together the various national ex-service organisations.”
He continued: “We all recognise the legion cares for a vast number of deserving men and women.
“Each year this costs some £110m, £43m of which is funded by the national Poppy Appeal.
“Last year we raised almost £14,000 thanks to the hard work of our many supporters led by Ian McNeil – a fine achievement in a time of economic hardship.”
Lewis paid tribute to Les Hellier, on relinquishing the role of vice-chairman of the branch, and expressed the branch’s appreciation for the part played by John Rosser in organising Jack’s Walk, the largest single contribution to the Poppy Appeal each year.
John Rosser has planned and led the walk since 1998, when the late Jack Holloway started it.
They were both presented with inscribed glass bowls. The next Jack’s Walk will be on October 4.