7 November 2023
Watton Poppy Appeal Visit

Mid Norfolk has a strong history of military service:

• The incredible sacrifices of the 492nd Bomb Group based at RAF North Pickenham

• RAF Swanton Morley hosting the first US Air Force bombing raid against Nazi Germany

• Robertson Barracks in Swanton Morely – from which The Light Dragoons served many tours in Afghanistan, and which is now home to 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards.

That’s why it was great to visit local volunteers from the Watton branch of the Royal British Legion – as they raised money for this year’s Poppy Appeal in the town’s Tesco and Lidl branches this past Friday. Special mention must go toJim, who had some incredible stories to tell (and an incredible commitment to fundraising).

This Remembrance Day, at a time of conflict around the world, it is important to remember not only those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom, but those who serve and have served, and those who continue to live with the tragic health challenges that sadly so often plague our veterans. 

In particular, I would urge anyone who may be struggling this remembrance weekend to reach out for support. I have seen first-hand the tragic effects of untreated mental health issuesand cannot stress enough the importance of seeking support. The Royal British Legion have a crisis support line, open 8AM-8PM every day — the number is 0808 802 8080

I look forward to supporting further Remembrance Weekend events in Mid Norfolk across the coming days and would urge all of my constituents to take the time to buy a poppy if they haven’t already. Every poppy bought from the Royal British Legion provides invaluable support to veterans and serving personnel alike.