Source: City of Sunderland
Members of the Royal British Legion have annually visited the Mayor’s Parlour in a civic tradition to celebrate Sunderland City Council and the community’s ongoing support for the campaign.
This year Councillor David Snowdon was joined by Sunderland veteran Steve Hope in a socially distanced celebration to purchase the first poppy, ahead of the launch on Thursday 22 October.
The money raised from each Poppy sold in the city goes directly towards helping all the veterans, servicemen, servicewomen and their families living in the city.
The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor David Snowdon said: “Despite many changes in our city due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we are honoured to still be able to show our respect and gratitude to our veterans by supporting this campaign.
“Sunderland has a strong military heritage and continuously support our armed forces. The Poppy Appeal gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to do so.
“Each poppy sold goes on to help thousands of people who have put their lives on the line for our country. I encourage everyone to get involved and wear their poppy with pride over the course of the campaign.”
Branch Chair (Sunderland) Royal British Legion, Vince Harris, added: “Our charity is very grateful for people in Sunderland’s continuing generosity and support.
“It is thanks to them that we annually raise large amounts of money from Poppy sales in the city, which are among the highest in the country.
“Every penny donated goes into helping those who have served and are serving in our armed forces and their families, as a reminder that we will never forget the sacrifices made on all our behalf.”
Mr Harris added: “The Sunderland branch of the Royal British Legion is always looking for volunteers to help us during the Poppy Appeal, so if anyone with a bit of free time would like to help us please call 0191 567 0112 or 0785 552 2218 if you’d like more details on how to become involved.”