December 6, 2017
Melvyn from our Dockmasters’ office dons his kilt every year to raise money for the Poppy Appeal, sometimes on foot, sometimes on his motor cycle but always with a smile. We are very proud of the work that he does.
Remembrance Day is marked every year, in the UK and the Commonwealth, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, at the 11th hour, when World War I came to an end. It is a day to remember and honour all those who have died in combat.
The red poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day, taken from the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, later known as ‘We Shall Keep the Faith’. The Royal British Legion was formed in 1921, and supports all of our men and women in service, veterans, and the families of serving personnel, and those who sadly didn’t return home.
Melvyn has been at Berthon since 1978, and he is committed to fund raising for the Royal British Legion year round, not just during the Poppy Appeal, and not just when wearing his kilt!
We caught up with Melvyn following Remembrance Day…
I am very pleased to announce that the residents and visitors to this area have, over poppy week, contributed to the sum of £18,700 for the Royal British Legion. This year I did a lot less collecting and more administration duties, raising £376.80 myself, whilst the marina office has made £91.30.
I became the Assistant Poppy Appeal Organiser on Remembrance Sunday, also becoming the Second Parade Marshall. A daunting job, in charge of the Scouts and Guides.
Poppies are a reminder of all those that gave their lives, past and present, to enable us to live a free life.
Melvyn has been working with the Royal British Legion for a number of years and is also a member of the Hampshire County Conference Committee, where he has recently been appointed Vice Chairman.
In October Melvyn and John Tuffill-Dean took part in the annual, Ride To The Wall remembrance event, one of the largest remembrance motorbike rides in the UK. This involved driving over 170 miles, from Lymington to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffordshire, the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance. 7000 motorcyclists took part this year, all of whom made a donation. A staggering £70,000 was raised by the Arboretum that day!
Raising funds is a year round activity for the Royal British Legion, not just confined to November. Melvyn and his colleagues have an endless list of commitments throughout the year, some of which are –
Lee Rigby Memorial Ride,
Veteran’s Parade in Weymouth and the Wareham Carnival
F.O.N.F.A (Friends of the New Forest Airfields) Memorial Day,
the Earl of Mountbatten Memorial Service.
On Sunday 17th December, they will have the important task of helping Santa, as he arrives by boat, for the Santa On The Quay event, in Lymington, so pop along and say hello!