Berkhamsted, Tring and District

The Poppy Appeal in Berkhamsted and Tring

Poppy Appeal Organiser urgently needed in Berkhamsted

 The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal Organiser in Berkhamsted has stepped down after a fantastic year in which the town raised a record £27,000 for the Berkhamsted Appeal.

The Poppy Appeal is one of the Nation’s most recognised and supported charity appeals.  Every year the Royal British Legion sends out millions of poppies which are distributed to schools, shops and businesses.  In November you will see some of the charity’s voluntary collectors in your local town centre or supermarket with their tray of poppies.  Although November may still seem a long way away the Poppy Appeal organisers are asking for your help – can you join the local Berkhamsted team?

The Royal British Legion’s Community Fundraiser for Hertfordshire, Kate Mackay, said: “The Poppy Appeal Organiser is fundamental to ensuring the town has poppies this November.

“People in Berkhamsted are always so supportive and do dig deep for us.  During our collections we have a great sense of reward as people always have a soft spot for the Poppy appeal and our cause.  We need a main organiser who will order the poppies, organize volunteers and help collect the tins and wreaths for the town and ensure we have the poppies in the villages in time for this year’s Poppy Appeal.  We do hope someone ibn the area will come forward and help us by taking on this valuable role in Berkhamsted.”

If you are interested in joining the Poppy Appeal team in Berkhamsted, please call the Appeal’s Community Fundraiser Kate Mackay on 07920 861161 or email kmackay@britishlegion.org.uk

The Poppy Appeal is the largest single fundraising event in the Legion’s calendar.  Over 40 million poppies will be made and disturbed for this year’s Poppy Appeal across the UK and overseas by 350,000 dedicated collectors.  The Legion provides wide ranging and practical support to Armed Forces veterans as young as 19 and Armed Forces families in need, including crises grants, family breaks, benefits and money advise and at time sadly, inquest advice.  Every poppy helps raise the £1.6 million needed by the Legion each week to deliver practical help and advice to Armed Forces community.


 News on Berkhamsted and Tring Appeals

The two Poppy Appeals continue to grow due to the on-going generosity of the people of Berkhamsted and Tring.

Berkhamsted total: £27,707.96

Tring total: £25,188.85

A huge "thank you" to all those who have supported the two Appeals. 

Poppy People

Tring Poppy Appeal Awards Presentation 2017

On 25 March Tring Poppy appeal made its awards in acknowledgement of the years of work contributed by its voluntary helpers.

A large number of people attended and a number of certificates of appreciation were received.  Our pictures show two of those recipients receiving their certificates from the Hertfordshire Fundraising Co-ordinator, Kate McKay.  They also show a special certificate being made by the Tring Poppy Appeal Organiser, Caroline Hind to the Manager of Tesco Tring, Roly Lumm in appreciation of the regular support made by Tesco to the Tring Poppy Appeal.

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       John Allan receiving his award                  Sir Michael Simmons receiving his award


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Caroline Hind presenting the Certificate of Appreciation to Roly Lumm


Easter Sunday at the Club

EASTER SUNDAY was a great day for fundraising and celebrating at the Legion Club.  The club received a huge number of chocolate Easter Eggs from members for raffling off and everyone who visited the club that day received a raffle ticket to qualify for one of these lovely prizes.

In addition to this a raffle was held in which the star prize was a visit to the Warner Bros studio in Leavesden to see the sets and props for the Harry Potter films. Other prizes were bottles of drinks and boxes of confectionery and some rather nice cosmetics that were won by one or two rather red-faced male members.

The Club stewards, Ian and Jane were the winners of the star prize and generously re-donated their prize to become the subject of an auction raffle with the returns being donated to the Poppy Appeal.

Ian and Jane finally introduced the Golden Ticket Hunt where members were invited to seek out four raffle tickets wrapped in gold packaging and hidden within the club bar room.  The top prize was a huge basket of chocolates and sweets which the winners donated to the Endoscopy nurses at Hemel Hempstead Hospital (see picture below).

At the end of the day the Legion Club donated a total of £394 to the Poppy Appeal from the results of the day’s fun.


 Endoscopy nurses receiving their basket of goodies.


Anyone interested in helping in the next Poppy Appeal should notify the Contact Centre at 0808 802 8080.


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