A Poppy Appeal shop has officially open in Preston city centre.
The pop up shop in the Guild Hall Arcade was officially opened by Preston Garrison Commander, Lieutenant Colonel JG Lighten MBE, Commanding Officer, 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.
The appeal store, in unit 7, opposite Cassandra’s cafe, has been opened for the Remembrance period, which leads up to Remembrance Sunday next weekend.
It is being run on behalf of the Royal British Legion by the Armed Forces Group, an organisation which looks after veterans.
Poppy’s are also being sold in Preston’s indoor market and on Monday an indoor garden of remembrance will be opened in St George’s Shopping Centre.
The garden will be opened by the Mayor of Preston, Coun Veronica Afrin, at 11am.
The Royal British Legion’s national fundraising target for 2013 is £37 million, which will allow the charity to continue its vital work delivering direct, practical care and support to members of the Armed Forces community in need.
Every poppy helps raise the £1.6 million needed by the Legion each week to deliver practical help and advice to Armed Forces community.
For more information visit www.britishlegion.org.uk