Cadets from across the Coventry and Warwickshire area, who raised £46,303.90 for the Poppy Appeal, have been honoured by the Royal British Legion at a special presentation evening.
The young cadets from the Air Training Corps, Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadets, Youth Fire Service and Sea Scouts had all actively participated in the 2012 Warwickshire County Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal collection raising a staggering £46,303.90, an increase of almost £10,000 on the previous year.
The presentation evening attended by The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Martin Dunne was held at the Bedworth Ex-Servicemen's Club, in Rye Piece Ringway, Bedworth, on Wednesday, 20th March.
The aim of the Lord Lieutenant's competition is to promote relationships between local Royal British Legion Branches, Poppy Appeal Organisers and Cadet Units whilst raising funds for the Poppy Appeal. The awards ceremony helps to bring everyone together to celebrate the success, time given and commitment of all involved.
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 individual cadets.
All participating cadet units received a Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Certificate in recognition of their contribution to the 2012 collection and the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Martin Dunne also presented county competition awards to individual cadets and units that collected the most money for the Appeal.
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."
Lisa Wootton, Community Fundraiser for Coventry and Warwickshire was thrilled when she heard what the cadets have achieved and said “We always urge everyone to throw their support behind the Poppy Appeal, and we are always delighted with the support we get from the cadets.”
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron said, “ Thanks to the generosity of the people of Warwickshire and the outstanding efforts of the young cadets who have helped with the 2012 Poppy Appeal collection, we have all been able to help the Royal British Legion to continue its vital work in support of our Armed Forces, veterans and their dependants.
More photographs from the Poppy Appeal Presentations