Encouraging young to support Poppy Appeal

RSM John Stephenson of 2 Signal Regiment,  Abbie Moore, aged 17 from Cramlington and Lieutenant Colonel Ian Hargreaves.
RSM John Stephenson of 2 Signal Regiment, Abbie Moore, aged 17 from Cramlington and Lieutenant Colonel Ian Hargreaves.
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A Cramlington youngster is helping to encourage young people to support the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Seventeen-year-old Abbie Moore, from Cramlington, and Lieutenant Colonel Ian Hargreaves and RSM John Stephenson of 2 Signal Regiment, launched the appeal at the iconic Angel of the North.

Abbie is supporting the appeal in memory of her father Michael, who passed away in March.

Michael served for almost 15 years in the TA at Kingston Park as a bombardier, but died earlier this year from heart failure, aged 44.

Abbie said: “I know he always donated to the Poppy Appeal so I wanted his legacy to live on by doing some fundraising events to support our Armed Forces.

“I never really had the chance to make my dad proud so I wanted to raise money for a charity that was close to his heart.”

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Hargreaves added: “As we mark the Centenary of the First World War, it’s as important as ever to wear a poppy and remember the sacrifices and commitment made by our Armed Forces then and now.

“The message behind this year’s Poppy Appeal is Live On – to the memory of the fallen and future of the living, which captures perfectly why it’s so important to donate to the appeal and publicly show our support by wearing a poppy.

“Every donation received will make a real difference to the lives of Regular and Reserve Service men and women, veterans and their loved ones.”