MILITARY motorcyclists helped kickstart the British Legion’s 2011 Poppy Appeal by riding in convoy to the charity’s launch event in Chesterfield.
Members of the legion’s Riders branch, some of whom were wearing their military berets, had decked out shiny bikes with giant poppies and brought along a flag for the occasion at Chesterfield FC’s B2 Net Stadium, off Sheffield Road.
Chesterfield FC chairman Barrie Hubbard bought the first poppy in the ceremony.
The event was also attended by Afghanistan veteran, Private Aron Shelton, who had a foot amputated after being injured by a roadside bomb.
Judith Wright, the mother of Drummer Thomas Wright, a Derbyshire soldier killed in the conflict, was there too.
The Royal British Legion hopes to raise £40 million from fundraising across the country in this year’s Poppy Appeal.
The charity provides care and support to armed forces members past and present and their families.