units from across the Warwickshire area were honoured for their
outstanding efforts inraising funds for the 2002 Poppy Appeal.
Members of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps received
an award, together with 12 other cadet units from Warwickshire representing
the army, air force, navy and Fire Service Cadets, who participated
in last year's Poppy Appeal collection.
Cadet Farr from 121 Sqn who had already received an award for his
efforts from the Nuneaton & Stockingford branch of the Royal
British Legion, also received a third place trophy in the countywide
competition for the Air cadet who raised the largest individual
amount for the appeal.
The Ex-Servicemen's Club, Rye Piece Ringway in Bedworth, hosted
the event, which took place on Thursday 27 March, when guest of
honour, the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Mr Martin Dunne, presented
Alan Mallett, who is field officer for the Royal British Legion,
said the cadet involvement with the Poppy Appeal had been a great
success. "We started this initiative with the cadet units in
1999 when only £3,290 was raised, this year's total is £8,208,
a magnificent increase of £5,000. "We are indebted to
these young men and women and thier units, most of which are affiliated
to their local legion branches and I hope this yearly initiative
can continue to raise the money we so desperately need each year
to support the welfare of the ex-service community."
Units from Nuneaton, Bedworth, Polesworth, Coventry, Leamington
Spa, Alcester and Southam all received awards, the highest individual
unit award being won by 1200 Sqn ATC from Polesworth with a collection