Poppy Appealing

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Margaret Brierly participated for the first time ever in this year’s Surrey Poppy Appeal Launch 2004 at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking on Wednesday 27 October.

The Surrey Poppy Appeal, run by Surrey County Appeals Committee, works in conjunction with the Royal British Legion aiming to provide financial support to the millions who have served and are currently serving in the British Armed Forces.

At the launch, Vice Lord Lieutenant, Mr Gorden Lee-Steere recited two original poppy poems composed during the First World War, including John McCrae’s ‘In Flanders Field’. With inspiration from this poem, Penguin books have compiled a new anthology entitled ‘In Flanders Fields – Poetry of the First World War’ with £1 of every copy sold being donated to the Poppy Appeal.

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Margaret Brierly said “I feel privileged to be able to participate in the launch of the Poppy Appeal.

“The Royal British Legion work extremely hard to provide financial support to Ex-servicemen, women and their dependants. The Poppy Appeal is one way of showing our thanks to all the brave people who have fought for us through many battles over the years.”

A record total of £708,250.07 was raised by the Surrey Royal British Legions Poppy appeal last year, contributing to the national total of £21.7 million. You can support the Poppy Appeal by purchasing a Poppy from 1October to 15 October from Merton Link, Merton Civic Centre.


Notes to Editor

Remembrance Services will be taking place on 14 November at the following locations:
§ Nelson Hospital, Kingston Road, SW20 at 9am
§ Mitcham War Memorial, Lower West Green, Mitcham at 10.40am
§ Wimbledon War Memorial, Wimbledon Village SW19 at 10.40am


Elissa Middleton
PR and Press Assistant
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4093