Each year, in early November some 30,000 Legion volunteers take to the streets with poppies and collecting boxes, raising millions of pounds for the Poppy Appeal.
The money collected at this time, and from numerous other fundraising activities throughout the year, goes to providing help and support to serving and ex-Service men and women and their dependants.
As at 30th September 2017 Shropshire had raised a total of £479,329 for the Poppy Appeal 2016/17, a record achievement for the County.
We always need new volunteers - Poppy People - to assist with Poppy Appeal collecting in Shropshire.
Without volunteer collectors out there on the streets, without appeal organisers planning the collections, this great cause - that helps thousands of ex-Service men and women every year - would grind to a halt.
And we urgently need to recruit more people as many of our current volunteers are retiring from active duty. Add to this the ever increasing demand on the Legion's services and you can see we need your help more than ever.
For more details please contact our Community Fundraiser (Shropshire) on 07918 562902 or via email@example.com
Shropshire Centenary Art Unveiling - Wednesday 6th June at St Chad’s Church
This project is in the from a collaboration with Claire Crackett of St Chad’s, local artists Lyn Evans and Nik Burns, Local Heritage Education Manager, West Midlands Heritage Schools Martin Philips and Royal British Legion Community Fundraiser for Shropshire Jenny Robey. When thinking up what to do with left over Poppies, old Legion magazines and recycled materials from Veolia in Shrewsbury, the idea of a Remembrance sculpture dedicated to the memory of Shropshire’s Fallen and the community which remembers them was born. There are 5,286 names on the Shropshire Roll of Honour and our aim is to get Primary School children to write each name on its own Poppy, which will be added to the sculpture. This is our Thank You to all of those from Shropshire who gave their lives during the First World War but also to the community within this County for continuing to remember. ,For more details contact Jenny Robey on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07918 562902
Shrewsbury Half Marathon - Sunday 17th June
The Shrewsbury Half Marathon returns on Sunday June 17th 2018. The single lap route takes in a mix of stunning Shropshire countryside and country lanes, historic streets with medieval buildings, welcoming crowds and an amazing sense of community. Join Team Legion, sign up and enjoy one of the most beautiful Half Marathon routes in the UK and enjoy the friendly welcome and support of our local communities as you #RunShrewsbury. We have 5 places kindly donated by the race organisers, UKRunChat www.ukrunchat.co.uk, these are up for grabs in return for your pledging to raise a minimum of £200 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal!
To claim one of our places you need email us on email@example.com or phone 07918 562902 and we will sign you up for a place. Places will be allocated for this event on a first come, first served basis so hurry! Every member of Team Legion will receive a RBL running vest, water bottle, ‘clappers’ and bag.
The course begins and ends at the Shropshire County Showground whose 53 acre grounds lend themselves to this fantastic event with ample parking, toilets and extensive camping facilities – the showground caters for all! We will also be there to offer support and assistance, just head to the Poppy gazebo! You will make your way along the river in the beautiful Quarry, home of the Shrewsbury Flower Show, before heading through the historical town centre, out over English Bridge and into Kingsland Estate. After conquering Wyle Cop the second half of the race is set in the beautiful Shropshire countryside before heading back to the showground where you will be rewarded with a medal, tech t-shirt and goodie bag. All runners will be timed. For full details of the race itself, please visit the Shrewsbury Half Marathon event's own website - http://www.shrewsburyhalf.co.uk/