Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield MP have hosted a fundraising ‘Thank You’ coffee morning event as part of activities in the run-up to this year’s Remembrance Day, 100 years since the end of the First World War.
The event was held in partnership with the Royal British Legion in Prestonpans and enjoyed fantastic support from local people raising a total of £368.90 which will be donated to this year’s Scottish poppy appeal.
The ‘Thank You’ movement has been led by Poppyscotland and Legion Scotland and encourages everyone to show their appreciation for a generation that served, sacrificed and changed our world a century ago.
Highlights of the coffee morning included the attendance of local resident, Jozef Czech, who was born in 1918 and recently celebrated his 100th birthday, and a poppy cake baked by campaigning schoolgirl Grace Warnock.
Speaking after the event, Iain Gray MSP said:
“The ‘Thank You’ movement is a really important way of thanking and remembering everyone who was involved in World War One and made sacrifices for future generations.
“I’m really pleased we were able to play our small part in these commemorative activities with this event. The support from the local community was outstanding and helped us raise a decent amount towards this year’s Scottish Appeal.”
Martin Whitfield MP said:
“I had been really looking forward to this event and the opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues from Prestonpans. We were delighted that so many people joined us to say ‘Thank You’ to the generation who lived through World War One.
“I also want to say thanks to the Prestonpans Legion and everyone who donated at the event for helping us mark the centenary and raise vital funds for the poppy appeal.”
Find out more about the ‘Thank You’ movement at www.legionscotland.org.uk/royal-british-legion-scotland-says-thank-you