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Lettie helps to launch poppy-ular appeal

LETTIE Stenning-Spokes was probably the youngest buyer of a poppy at the launch of this year’s appeal in Bognor Regis.


One-year-old Lettie was at the event last Saturday with her Felpham parents, Tom and Kirsty Stunning-Spokes, all pictured above.


She was among the shoppers who kept veterans busy at the event at Sainsbury’s in Shripney Road.


Shoppers queued to buy the symbol of remembrance as the members of Royal British Legion were setting up their stall in the store’s entrance lobby.


The first hour saw more than £200 donated even before the official start of the two week period in which the famous paper poppies can be bought.


Nigel Ede, the chairman of the Royal British Legion’s Aldwick branch, said: “People are being very generous and have been buying the poppies and other memorabilia since we’ve been here.


“Sainsbury’s has made us very welcome. We will be here for two weeks until Remembrance Sunday.


“The Legion does not just help past servicemen and women but the serving personnel of today who are injured or disabled.


“It also helps the families, especially those who fall on difficult times. If a partner is in hospital, we can make arrangements for the other partner to visit them or for someone from the Legion to go along if that is not possible.”


Mr Ede is pictured on the front cover left, with town mayor Cllr Phil Woodall and the Sainsbury’s store manager, Angus Murray.


Among those eager to buy a poppy at the launch was Bognor Regis resident Sue Pettit.


She said: “My father was in the Second World War. Wearing the poppy is something he always did. He used to take me to the Remembrance Sunday service every year. Buying a poppy is something we have carried on as a family tradition. My children do it.”


Outside the lobby, the RAFA Skiffle Band provided music and a handful of military vehicles also added to the occasion.


Mr Murray said: “We have supported the Legion for 23 years. It’s very important to us because the Legion and the Poppy Appeal fits with our values as a company exceptionally well.


“We do all that we can to look after their members when they are here. We see it as a partnership with them.”


Last year’s Poppy Appeal raised almost £30,000 in the Bognor Regis area.

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