Poppy appeal launch in Sheffield to remember heroes

Christine Spencer from the Royal British legion pins the first poppy onto the Lord mayor Talib Hussein to launch Sheffields poppy appeal
Christine Spencer from the Royal British legion pins the first poppy onto the Lord mayor Talib Hussein to launch Sheffields poppy appeal
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Another year, another opportunity to remember - the 2015 Poppy Appeal is officially underway in Sheffield.

The city’s Lord Mayor, Coun Talib Hussain, marked the occasion by buying the first poppy on the steps of the Town Hall on Saturday.

The appeal originally started to help those returning from the First World War, but its scope has since widened considerably.

Councillor Hussain said: “The poppy is a powerful symbol and I will be wearing mine to remember not just those who have lost their lives in all conflicts, but also to show support for those still serving in the Armed Forces today.”

Money raised goes directly to the Royal British Legion’s welfare work, which supports those serving in the British Armed Forces, those who have previously served, and their families.

Christine Spencer, county chair of South and West Yorkshire Royal British Legion, said: “The legion is very grateful to the general public for all their support. The need for our welfare work helping serving, ex-service personnel and their dependents continues to grow.”

Poppies will be on sale throughout Sheffield until November 11.

The 2015 appeal is being backed in Sheffield by ex-soldier Luke Sorby, aged 25, of Jordanthorpe, who served in the Royal Artillery.

Last week Luke told The Star how the legion helped him adjust to civilian life.