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A total of Twenty Cadet units from across the Coventry and Warwickshire area joined forces for a Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal presentation evening at the Bedworth Ex-Serviceman's Club on Friday, March 23.

The Air, Sea, Army and Fire cadet units had all actively participated in the 2006 Warwickshire County Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal collection.

The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Martin Dunne thanked the youngsters for raising £16,591 for the 2006 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal an increase of £2,432 on the previous years total.

121 (Nuneaton) Squadron received a Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Certificate in recognition of their contribution to the 2006 collection. - Click to enlargeIn 2006, the national Poppy Appeal raised something in the region of £25 million. Each year in Warwickshire the Legion spends about £125,000 on welfare and resettlement issues, including helping the ex-service community to gain war pensions and benefits, convalescent care, skills assessment and job training.

Since 1999 Air, Army and Sea Cadets and more recently Fire Service cadets from across the county have had their Poppy Appeal collection efforts officially recognised by the Royal British Legion who issue awards to participating units and individuals.

All 20 participating cadet units received a Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Certificate in recognition of their contribution to the 2006 collection.

The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Martin Dunne also presented county competition awards to Air cadet units in the following categories:-

Individual Cadet Award
1 st Cdt Bayliss 2030 (Elmdon & Yardley) Sqn £1,235.32
2 nd Cdt Rook 1200 (Polesworth) Sqn £399.49
3 rd Cdt Stewart 8F (1st City of Coventry ) Sqn £309.81
Unit Award
1 st   1200 (Polesworth) Sqn £3,145.86
2 nd   2030 (Elmdon & Yardley) Sqn £2,388.32
3 rd   8F (1st City of Coventry) £1,629.48

The highlight of the presentations came when 1200 Squadron ATC from Polesworth received the county competition award for the highest overall cadet unit collection with their staggering contribution of £3,145.86 with 2030 Squadron receiving the runners up trophy for their collection of £2,388.32

The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Martin Dunne said "We are indebted to these young men and women, and their leaders for their outstanding efforts towards the Poppy Appeal collections. 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."

Air Cadet units from across the Coventry and Warwickshire area joined forces for a Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal presentation evening at the Bedworth Ex-Serviceman's Club on Friday, March 23.


The Royal British Legion was created to preserve the spirit of fellowship and service to others formed by all ranks and to maintain, in a strong, stimulating, united comradeship, all those who have served in H.M. Forces, or Auxiliary Forces or who are still serving so that neither their efforts nor their interests shall be forgotten; and that their welfare and that of the dependants of those who died in the service of their country may be safeguarded; and that just and equitable treatment shall be secured to them in respect of the difficulties caused in their lives as a result of their service.

121 Squadron ATC is affiliated to the Nuneaton & Stockingford branch of the Royal British Legion.


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