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Local poppy appeal launched at Parkway Station

Posted on Monday 31st October 2011 at 6:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Poppy Appeal launch at Bristol Parkway Station

Local MP Jack Lopresti joined the Stoke Gifford Branch of The Royal British Legion (RBL) to launch their Poppy Appeal at Bristol Parkway Station last Friday (28th October).

The station is one of the main sites for the branch’s fundraising efforts, along with Sainsbury’s supermarket in Stoke Gifford and the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke.

The branch, which covers Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke, Filton and Bradley Stoke, runs its appeal year-round and last year raised a record amount of £30,000 locally.

Money raised goes to help current and ex-service personnel and their families. The RBL is the largest welfare charity in the country distributing £1.4 million in support every week.

Mr Lopresti said:

“I’m delighted to be here to help the RBL launch their local Poppy Appeal. I have a huge amount of respect for the charity, and ran the Bristol Half-Marathon for the Stoke Gifford Branch earlier this year.”

“The RBL provides fantastic support for those who have given so much in the defence of our country, and is often a lifeline for our brave servicemen and women, and their families. I hope that the Stoke Gifford Branch can achieve another record-breaking year this year, and continue with the vital work they do for those who have sacrificed so much for us all.”

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MP to run half marathon in aid of British Legion

Posted on Thursday 8th September 2011 at 12:50 am by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti MP at the Bradley Stoke 10k Run in 2011

Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti is to once again run the Bristol Half Marathon this Sunday (11th September), to raise money for the Royal British Legion (RBL), Stoke Gifford Branch, Poppy Appeal.

The Royal British Legion is the country’s largest welfare charity. It spends £1.4 million every week supporting current and ex-servicemen and their families.

The Poppy Appeal, which actually runs all year, round helps to fund this welfare work.

Mr Lopresti said:

“I have once again been pounding the streets of Filton and Bradley Stoke over recent weeks as part of my final preparations before taking part in the Bristol Half Marathon”

“I will be running this year to raise money for the Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion of which I am proud to be a member. As I’m sure you are aware The Royal British Legion provides welfare to the whole Armed Forces family – serving, ex-Service and their dependants.”

“We also campaign on a range of issues affecting Service people, we are the custodian of Remembrance, run the annual Poppy Appeal and are one of the UK’s largest membership organisations, which this year celebrates its 90th Anniversary.”

“The work that the Stoke Gifford Branch does for veterans and their families locally is really crucial and I find the hard work of all the members truly inspirational.”

“If you can give just a small donation towards the fundraising effort for the Legion, every penny really does count and the more we can raise the better.”

Read on to find out how to sponsor Mr Lopresti or help out with the local Poppy Appeal in October and November »

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Sponsored cycle ride to raise funds for British Legion

Posted on Saturday 9th July 2011 at 7:50 am by SH (Editor)

Sponsored bike ride for the Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion

A father and son team from Stoke Gifford have embarked on a 1,100 mile sponsored cycle ride to raise funds for the local branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL).

Matthew Moran, 49, and son Fraser, 17, are undertaking the epic ride from Lands End to John O’Groats in appreciation of the support given by the Legion to Matthew’s father-in-law (Fraser’s grandfather) David Griffiths, who suffers from lung fibrosis and requires constant oxygen.

Mr. Griffiths, 74,  is well known in the village having served as a fireman at the British Aerospace airfield and, for the last ten years of his career, as the groundsman for Stoke Gifford Parish Council.

To enable Mr. Griffiths, an ex Cpl. Veteran, who served in the Royal Army Service Corps, to maintain his mobility round his home village, the Royal British Legion carried out an assessment and provided him with an electric powered vehicle. This electric scooter has, according to Dave’s wife, Janet, regenerated her husband’s life over the last year, enabling him to again visit family, his friends and go to the local shops.

Matthew and Fraser say they will be cycling unsupported, camping every night and taking in the highest climbs in England, which means they will cover 1,100 miles on their journey to north Scotland, rather than the normal 830 mile distance.

Sponsorship for this epic ride would be greatly welcomed. Matthew and Fraser may be contacted by email on, by post at 12 Somerset Crescent, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8PP  or by phone on 01454 778361.

Read more about the work of our local branch of the Royal British Legion »

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