Coronation Street actor supports Poppy Appeal
12:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2008 in News
CORONATION Street legend and army veteran, William Roache, launched the Royal British Legion’s North West Poppy Appeal last week.
William, better known as the Street’s Ken Barlow, met with past and present solders from his former regiment, The Royal Welsh , outside Capesthorne Hall, and officially cut the ribbon to launch the appeal’s 2008 campaign.
William, who saw active service in the Gulf region during a five year spell in the army, urged people to buy a poppy to show their support for the forces, and reminded people the charity wasn’t only concerned with helping elderly veterans, but those injured more recently, too.
“I was in the army and you always have an affection and affiliation for the Legion,” he said. “From the army on, you’re always aware of the organisation and the good work it does.
“Most people are aware of the solders and what they’re doing at the moment, and we do all feel maybe they not being treated perhaps as well as they should.
“I don’t think there’s a dip in public support, it’s the financing and what the government do which has not been fully up to scratch.
“These people are prepared to lay down their lives for their country, and they’re fighting for freedom and peace.
“It’s right we should support them, particularly now when times are hard and there are ex-service people on fixed pensions, and there are all sorts of problems for them.
“Now more than ever, there is even more help needed.
"A lot of people still tend to think the Legion’s an old thing, helping those from the 1st or 2nd World Wars, and their numbers are diminishing, but of course it isn’t.
“It’s just as relevant today with the wars that are going on and the young people fighting in them.
“It’s a very appropriate, pertinent, and relevant cause, and all the money goes to families of the bereaved and ex-servicemen."
This year in Cheshire the Legion is hoping to better last year’s fundraising total of £778,000.