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Air Cadets 2015 Poppy Appeal efforts rewarded

With the help of the Nuneaton based Air Cadets and other organisations, businesses and schools, the Nuneaton & Stockingford Royal British Legion appeal collection netted a record amount during the 2015 collection. Once again our cadets were out on the streets of Nuneaton selling poppies, the Squadrons band also made a public appearance in the town in order to help the RBL to heighten the public awareness of the collection.

On the 21th October 2016, Archie Smith, the Nuneaton & Stockingford Poppy Appeal organiser visited the 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron headquarters to present the Air Cadets with the Rotary Club Poppy Appeal trophy in recognition of their outstanding efforts during the 2015 collection. The trophy sponsored by the Nuneaton Rotary Club is awarded annually to the cadet unit that manages to collect the most money during the Nuneaton street collections.

Archie Smith, the Nuneaton & Stockingford Poppy Appeal organiser said that since 1920 the money raised by the RBL Poppy Appeal had been used to relieve distress and suffering within the ex-service community. We should all remember that the fund is as active today as it has ever been and that something like £40 million was spent by the RBL in support of those in need during 2015

Flt Lt Paul Hincks, Officer  Commanding 121 Squadron said that everyone who took part in the collection should be congratulated on their performance and that the cadets welcomed the opportunity to help the RBL with the Poppy Appeal. It is important that we all understand the real meaning of the poppy collection. The success of the 2015 collection once again reflects the tremendous generosity of the people of Nuneaton together with the efforts of all the cadets and other people who go out with the collecting tins and give out the poppies. We hope that we will be able to rely on the generous support of the public as we prepare for the 2016 collection.

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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