! Murcia Today – Benidorm to host the official launch of the Poppy Appeal 2021: October 16



Date Posted: 10/12/2021

The launch of this year’s poppy appeal in the northern district of Spain will take place in the seaside resort of Marina Baixa, in the province of Alicante

After being forced to hold a reduced-closed ceremony last October, due to the pandemic, the Northern District branch of the Royal British Legion is “thrilled” to be able to launch this year’s Poppy Appeal “at the format of previous years ”.

The official launch will take place in the popular resort town of Benidorm on Saturday, October 16, with a parade of standards from branches of the Royal British Legion in Spain and other veterans associations.
The Standards will depart from Calle Castellon at noon and travel along Paseo de Levante, again led by the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums.

Meanwhile, the Royal British Legion Concert Band will entertain the crowds awaiting their arrival and the main ceremony in Rincon de Loix, which is scheduled to take place at 12:15 pm.

Following the ceremony, which will be attended by the Mayor of Benidorm, Toni Perez, the National Vice President of the Royal British Legion, Joe Falzon, and Captain Ian Clarke RN, British Defense Attaché, Madrid, there will be a buffet lunch at the marina. Hotel to which all spectators are invited at a price of 15 euros, excluding drinks.

Further details are available at www.countries.britishlegion.org.uk and on the Facebook page.

“While our branches work tirelessly throughout the year to raise much-needed funds, the vast majority of the money we raise comes from the Poppy Appeal. Last year we managed to raise 75 000 euros despite the lockdown of Covid “, explained the RBL. , adding: “This has been a significant part of the nearly 641,000 euros raised overseas overall, and more importantly, this money stays here in Spain to meet the needs of local beneficiaries.”

In the past six months, RBL in Spain has provided support in more than 200 cases. In some cases, a phone buddy or a home visitor has been arranged; and in others ”, the legion ensured that needs were met by referring them to local Spanish social services and other organizations and charities, known as“ signage ”.

“Other people need more concrete support in terms of financial assistance, sometimes continuous in the most complex cases. In the three months to early September, we have provided financial assistance in excess of 23,500 euros, covering everything from immediate hardship grants to helping with utility bills and rent, mobility and hearing aids, and construction work, ”RBL added.

Image: Roal British Legion


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