The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal has been launched in Knaresborough.
Members of the Knaresborough branch and Knaresborough councillors braved the cold to display their flag outside of Knaresborough House on Monday, November 5.
The branch is hoping to raise over £17,500 this year, Paul Darley, Chairman of the Poppy Appeal in Knaresborough, said: “Last year we raised just over £17,300 and we’ve been fortunate in always exceeding the previous years total in Knaresborough.”
The coming week will see over 150 collection boxes across Knaresborough, members collecting on the streets, a charity market stand at Wednesday’s market and a service at St John’s Church on remembrance Sunday.
Mr Darley said: “We are obviously grateful to everybody who contributes towards the poppy appeal, we are aware that some people are finding the current recession very difficult but we are most grateful to them for giving whatever they are able to afford to the poppy appeal.
“It is very relevant at the moment because we are still suffering grievances and casualties in Afghanistan and of course we have long term injured from previous conflicts.”