Sharon pictured with local Poppy Appeal organiser and volunteer, Malcolm Pickering
Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Veterans today (26th October 2020) supported the Washington Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) on their Poppy Appeal stall in ASDA at the Galleries in Washington.
Sharon, who is also Honorary President of the Washington Branch of the RBL, supports the local Poppy Appeal each year however due to Coronavirus restrictions the Appeal is very different this year with some people unable to volunteer or fundraise as they usually would.
“I’m proud to support this year’s Poppy Appeal at the Galleries in Washington.
“Whilst the Appeal is slightly different this year, I’m encouraged to see the way local volunteers and the RBL have adapted to the challenges Coronavirus have posed us all.
“Constituents can still support the Poppy Appeal by donating a poppy through the post to neighbours, displaying a poppy in your window, donating online or undertaking a virtual Poppy run.
“I hope that my constituents will continue to show their support for the Royal British Legion and our service personnel, past and present.”
Malcolm Pickering, Local Poppy Appeal organiser and volunteer, said:
“I am delighted that Sharon was able to join and support us at this year’s local Poppy Appeal stall.
“Like most things this year, the Appeal and Remembrance Day events are very different to how we would normally commemorate those who have served, but it is no less important, so I urge everyone to commemorate in a way that is safe for everyone.”