Stockton Riverside College and NETA Training were proud to play their part in the first Teesside Poppy Day today.
Volunteers from The Royal British Legion and service personnel paid a visit to the college’s Teesdale site armed with hundreds of paper flowers and poppy merchandise.
Marcus Hawthorn the Northern Area Manager for the charity said: “People in the North-east are so supportive of the Poppy Appeal, it seemed obvious to bring this event to Teesside.”
The teams of volunteers visited businesses across the area selling poppies and generally helping to spread the word.
The college in Stockton was delighted to welcome the team, joined today by NETA Training’s own Sian Cameron who is also poppy appeal organiser for Hartlepool.
The Poppy Appeal provides support, help and advice to members of the British Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
Marcus said: “Every year people are more supportive in such a humbling way. It is unbelievable the support that people show. It is heart warming and it shows the important role our servicemen and women play and it demonstrates an understanding of the sacrifices being made.
“People are getting the message about remembrance. It is not just about Word War I, it is also about the more recent conflicts.”
Marcus said: “The Royal British Legion spends £1.6m a week on vital welfare work, every penny of that is from the public’s generosity.”