Leader of the council calls on volunteers to join poppy appeal
The leader of Sutton Council has pledged to help the Remembrance Day effort by selling poppies and has appealed to other volunteers to join her.
Councillor Ruth Dombey will be taking to the streets to sell the commemorative flowers on Saturday, October 26, and has called on other people to give up a little spare time to help the effort ahead of Remembrance Day in November.
Coun Dombey said: "Remembrance Day is an important date in our calendar. On this day we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our peaceful way of life and I’d urge people to contact the British Legion and spare whatever time they can to join us and help sell poppies."
Flight lieutenant Shaun Whitehead 219 (Sutton & Cheam) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets said: "All the money raised goes the British Legion in support of those servicemen and women serving today and in the past. The British Legion looks after families as well of the wounded and the fallen the cadets from 219 (Sutton & Cheam) Squadron and along with other volunteers work hard to raise the funds needed in support of the national appeal."
In previous years, poppy selling only started two days before Remembrance Sunday, but this year sales will start on Saturday October 26 - three weeks before the day.
The money collected will go to serving men and women of the armed services and their dependants and to all those that have served in the armed forces and their dependants in the past.
Remembrance Day this year is Sunday, November 10.