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Young People’s Poppy Award Ceremony

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The Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire’s Young People’s Award Ceremony was held in February at Wilmslow High School.

Organiser Khumi Burton praised the support of the school’s headteacher James Pulle and assistant head teacher Mark Vincent as well as Paul McNamus.

Khumi also explained that this will be the last such occasion.

She commented: “Cheshire is the only county in the country who held this event for some of the young people of Cheshire who helped with the Poppy Appeal.

“Unfortunately and also very sadly this will be the last event for the young people of Cheshire. I have headed this with the help of Margaret, Joy, Iwonna and Ken in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

“We feel that we have come to the end as volunteers organising this event.”

Dignitaries in attendance at the ceremony included the mayor of Cheshire East, Lord Grey (president of British Legion for Cheshire), Susan Sellars (vice president of British Legion for Cheshire) Chris King (county chairman) and representatives from the event’s sponsors.

The ceremony brought together young people from the army cadets, air cadets, fire cadets and sea cadets along with Scouts and Guides as well as college students plus parents and grandparents.

In total around 300 people were present for the ceremony, where certificates and trophies were handed out by Lord Lieutenant David Briggs.

It’s hoped that more youngsters will come forward to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal as a result of the initiatives previous successes and that involving groups such as the guides and Scouts will mean people from different walks of life feel empowered to volunteer.

Money collected during the Poppy Appeal goes towards providing financial, social and emotional support for the millions of men and women who’ve served in our country’s armed forces.

More than 11 million people nationally are eligible for support from the Royal British Legion, and more than 4 million have long term illnesses and various disabilities due to injuries sustained whilst in service or through old age.

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