THE Poppy Appeal in Suffolk is off to a racing start with help from two special horses.
The Royal British Legion’s annual appeal starts today but was launched with the help of Newmarket racehorses Harry Patch and Henry Allingham, who are named after the last two World War One veterans. The real Harry died two years ago.
They were joined Army Cadets Kersha Cobbold, 14, Katie Rhind, 15, and Summer Warner, 15, of Ipswich’s Queens Royal Lancers Detachment.
The legion’s Suffolk branch manager Adrienne Wakeling said the county raised £641,000 in last year’s Poppy Appeal.
She added: “We’re urging everyone to throw their support behind the Poppy Appeal 2011, as money raised will go towards providing vital care for injured Service people.
“The legion has committed £50 million over 10 years towards the The Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre and the operating costs of four Personnel Recovery Centres around the UK.”