Pennies for poppies in Olveston appeal

Rose Brown, Peggy Oakhill, Judy Bulley and Lesley Thomas of the Olveston and District Royal British Legion in Olveston on Saturday raising funds for the womens section by covering a giant poppy in coins (6946369)

Rose Brown, Peggy Oakhill, Judy Bulley and Lesley Thomas of the Olveston and District Royal British Legion in Olveston on Saturday raising funds for the womens section by covering a giant poppy in coins (6946358)

First published in News

FUNDRAISERS took a novel approach to a poppy appeal using a giant printed flower.

Members of the women's section of the Olveston and District branch of the Royal British Legion raised money on Saturday, June 7.

Volunteers set up shop on the pavement outside Olveston Stores, placing a huge poppy on the ground.

They asked people to donate their 2p coins, with the hope of covering the whole flower and raise funds for the branch's welfare fund.

It seems every penny really does count as this money goes towards offering financial aid to those in crisis and helping ex-Service people to get back on their feet.

The large bloom was printed and donated by Linela Embroidery in Olveston.

The Olveston and District team will be out again with their poppy on Saturday, July 5, hoping once more to raise vital funds for the charity.

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3:14pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Freda Piles says...

I think that was a great idea and would like to convey my congratulations to the members of the Women's section of the Royal British Legion. I am a member of the Royal British Legion in Stamford and also the Royal Canadian Legion in Newcastle Ontario where I have retired to. However being in Canada as a pensioner is seen as an opportunity for the government and the Pensions Minister to deny me any annual increases to my state pension even though I paid my contributions for 44 years and served for 26 yrs in the RAF. Had I retired to the USA then I would get the uprating. If you feel that this is wrong then please ask Mr Webb about it as all requests for fairness and honesty have been responded to by saying that it is the law and no change of policy is planned regardless of this being blatant discrimination.
I think that was a great idea and would like to convey my congratulations to the members of the Women's section of the Royal British Legion. I am a member of the Royal British Legion in Stamford and also the Royal Canadian Legion in Newcastle Ontario where I have retired to. However being in Canada as a pensioner is seen as an opportunity for the government and the Pensions Minister to deny me any annual increases to my state pension even though I paid my contributions for 44 years and served for 26 yrs in the RAF. Had I retired to the USA then I would get the uprating. If you feel that this is wrong then please ask Mr Webb about it as all requests for fairness and honesty have been responded to by saying that it is the law and no change of policy is planned regardless of this being blatant discrimination. Freda Piles
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