Rotary clubs across the country are supporting Remembrance Day events by helping with poppy collections and laying wreaths.
In Nottingham, clubs were formally asked by the Lord Mayor, Michael Wildgust, to help with collections. Immediate Past District Governor Val Leivers says the response from the clubs in the Central and Trent groups was excellent: "17 Rotary clubs and Nottingham Rotaract Club offered to help. The remaining clubs in these groups already work with their local Royal British Legion branches. Over 150 Rotarians and Rotaractors and family members have been involved during the two weeks leading up to 11th November." District Governor Gordon McGlone. D1220, will also be laying a poppy wreath in Nottingham.
It is a similar story in District 1290, Cornwall, where Rotary clubs were asked to help the Royal British Legion (RBL). Last year, clubs helped with collections and distributions. RBL Community Fundraiser Annie Binding said: “It is the Poppy Appeal’s mission to secure the gift of money – but without the gift of time – we simply cannot reach our goals! That’s exactly what Rotary District 1290 gave us last year – your precious gift of time.”
In Scotland, clubs in Ayr and in Glasgow have been busy helping with collections and will be laying a wreath in Glasgow’s city centre.
RIBI Young Citizen Award winner Lydia Cross is taking part in the Remembrance Day parade at the Cenotaph in London on Sunday.
Ten-year-old Lydia Cross, who had both her legs amputated at the age of two because of meningitis, has raised tens of thousands of pounds, with sponsored swim and runs, to help wounded servicemen, who’ve lost limbs in Afghanistan and Iraq, she says she wanted to help them because they have "leggies like her". In recognition, she received a RIBI Young Citizen Award in 2010 after being nominated for the award the Rotary Club of Braunton, Devon.