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With the help of the cadets and other organisations, businesses and schools, the Nuneaton & Stockingford Royal British Legion appeal collection netted a total of £25,458 during the 2002 collection. Once again our cadets were
out on the streets of Nuneaton selling poppies, the Squadrons band also made two public appearances in the town in order to help the RBL to heighten the public awareness of the collection.

On the 7th March 03, Don Jacques, the Nuneaton & Stockingford Poppy Appeal organiser and Derek Wilkinson, President of the Nuneaton Rotary Club visited the Squadron to present the Rotary Club Poppy Appeal trophy to cadet Farr in recognition of his outstanding efforts during the 2002 collection. The trophy sponsored by the Nuneaton Rotary Club is awarded annually to the cadet who manages to collect the most money during the Nuneaton street collections.

The squadron as a whole collected £413.40 during the 2002 appeal. Cadets Burtenshaw and Barber jointly collected £174.98, but it was Cdt Farr who managed the best solo effort by collecting £157.46.

Don Jacques, 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 as ever been and that something like £40 million was spent by the RBL in support of those in need during 2002

Flt Lt Crewe 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 2002 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.

Cdt Farr who managed the best solo effort by collecting £157.46.
121 Nuneaton Sqn Cadets collecting for the Poppy Appeal

Nuneaton Squadron band entertained town centre shoppers.

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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