Aron launches Legion poppy appeal

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The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire launched the Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield by telling guests that “every donation received for a poppy will make a real difference to the lives of Armed Forces families.”

The fundraising target in Derbyshire is £670,000, and the Lord Lieutenant ‘bought’ the first poppy from 29-year-old Aron Shelton, from Ripley, who lost his leg when his vehicle hit an I.E.D in Helmand Province in 2007 when serving with the 2nd battalion the Mercian Regiment.

£1.6 million is needed by the Legion each week to deliver practical help and advice to Armed Forces community.