from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron ATC joined 15 other cadet units from
across Coventry and Warwickshire for a Poppy Appeal presentation
evening at the Bedworth Ex-Serviceman's Club on Thursday, March
The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Martin Dunne thanked the youngsters
for raising more than £10,000 for the 2003 Royal British Legion
Since 1999 Air, Army and Sea Cadets from across the county have
competed to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.
This year the 121 Squadron cadets raised over £1000 thus
winning the local Rotary Club Poppy Appeal trophy which is sponsored
by the Nuneaton Rotary Club and is awarded annually to the cadet
unit which manages to collect the most money during the Nuneaton
& Bedworth street collections.
In the county competition the highest individual unit's award was
won by 8F Squadron ATC from Coventry, with a collection of £2,577
with second place being claimed by north Warwickshire's 1200 Squadron
ATC from Polesworth, which collected £1,752.
County field officer Alan Mallett said: "The cadet involvement
with the Poppy Appeal has been a great success.
"We started this initiative in 1999, when only £3,290
was raised. This year's total of £10,068.13 is a magnificent
increase of £7,000.
"We are indebted to these young men and women, 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."
In 2003, the Poppy Appeal raised £21.5 million. Each year
in Warwickshire the Legion spends about £115,000 on welfare
and resettlement issues, including helping the ex-service community
to gain war pensions and benefits, convalescent care, skills assessment
and job training.