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Air, Sea, Army and Fire Service cadet units from across the Coventry and Warwickshire area have been honoured by the Royal British Legion at a presentation evening for raising more than £28,000 for the annual Poppy Appeal.

A total of Twenty-one cadet units had all actively participated in the 2007 Warwickshire County Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal collection raising a staggering £28,000 an increase of more than £10,000 on the previous year .

Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Martin Dunne presents Nuneaton Air Cadets (left to right) Grant Robey, Sergeant Sasha Dowdall and Ryan Easterlow with a Warwickshire County Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Certificate in recognition of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron’s support for the Poppy Appeal.The presentation evening attendet by The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Martin Dunne and the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth Cllr Bill Shepherd was held at the Bedworth Ex-Servicemen's Club, in Rye Piece Ringway, Bedworth, on Wednesday, 19 th March.

Alan Mallett, the Royal British Legion's Bedworth based county field officer, said: "This year a record number of twenty-one cadet units from the Air Training Corps, Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadets and Youth Fire Service took part in the Warwickshire County collection. It is so pleasing to see that the youth of today are doing their bit to help those who risked their lives in the service of their country. The Poppy Appeal is as relevant today as it was over 80 years ago when it started and the cold facts are that ex-servicemen, women and their dependants who commit their lives to the service of this country deserve all the help we can give them."

Representatives from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps together with other local Sea and Army cadet units were all recognised for their contribution and received a Warwickshire County Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Certificate of Appreciation which was presented by The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Martin Dunne. But the highlight of the presentations came when 8F (1st City of Coventry ) Squadron received the county competition award for the highest overall cadet unit collection with their staggering contribution of £4,963.86.

Following the presentations the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Martin Dunne gave a short address, during which he 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."

Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe, Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps said, “Our cadets welcomed the opportunity to help the Royal British Legion with the Poppy Appeal. It is important that the younger generation understand the real meaning of the poppy collection and why Remembrance Day is so significant. The Poppy Appeal is a good way for the Squadron to help the Royal British Legion, to safeguard the welfare, interests and memory of those who have served in the Armed Forces.

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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