Royal British Legion Silent Soldier Initiative
As part of the Silent Solider initiative by the Royal British Legion in Surrey over £114,000 has been raised for the Poppy Appeal. Contributions from the BRA, Bookham Community Association (BCA), St Nicolas Church and Bookham Retail and Business Association (BRaBA) contributed over £400 to the total. Bookham had four of the silhouettes located The Old Barn Hall, St Nicolas Churchyard, The Crown and also on the Bookhams Village sign at Lower Shott.Click here to read more of this report
Report by Sharon Elliot in the Letters Section of the Leatherhead Advertiser – December 13th 2018
The presentation from RBL Surrey to the Poppy Appeal was held at the Royal British Legion Industries bravest manufacturing Co printing works in Leatherhead.
The cheque was presented by Brigadier Paul Evans OBE, DL to Graham Ferris the RBLfundraising Manager for the South East. The initiative raised over £114,000 and was the brain child of both David Plattern, county chairman of RBL Surrey and Peter Wakeham, RBL Community fundraiser for East Surrey. Also present was CEO Steven Sherry CMG OBE from the RBLIBritain’s Bravest and DerekSurnmerfield, County Vice chairman of RBLSurrey. A special thanks to RBL Industries Mark Leggatt and his team for expertly
manufacturing and distributing the Silent Soldier throughout the country and also internationally as far away as Niagara Falls!
It has been an impressive collaborative project which has delivered genuine benefit for the Poppy Appeal. Also Thanks to Eloise Blake for administrating the process from receipt of the initial application to recording, dispatch of silhouettes. Our final thanks to Ron treasurer of RBLSurrey for introducing the necessary financial controls.
The funds presented and handed over to the Poppy Appeal were just the proceeds from The Royal British Legion’s Surrey Headquarters, many more silhouettes have been manufactured and distributed by Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Co for the British Legion’s national Poppy Appeal and the grand total will far exceed this figure for the nationwide campaign. Quite an achievement for an idea that originated from a town called