Kym’s got poppy appeal

Kym Marsh launches The Royal British Legion's Poppy Picnic campaign at Fulwood Barracks, Preston.
Kym Marsh launches The Royal British Legion's Poppy Picnic campaign at Fulwood Barracks, Preston.
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KYM Marsh enjoyed a jolly lunch with soldiers as she launched The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Picnic campaign.

The Ashton actress is encouraging people to get together for a Poppy Picnic on June 21, or throughout the summer, to celebrate the Armed Forces community and raise money for the Legion’s vital work.

Kym’s family is closely connected with the charity, as her grandfather was President of his local Legion branch in Cheshire after serving in the Army during the Second World War.

She said: “I’m delighted to be supporting the Legion’s Poppy Picnics, the charity has always been a part of my family, and very close to our hearts.”

”I was extremely close to my granddad when I was growing up, and as a little girl, I was always fascinated by stories of his time in the Forces.

“Our family have been involved with the Legion for as long as I can remember, so it’s a real honour for me to be launching this campaign.

“I’d encourage everyone to get together with friends and family for a Poppy Picnic this summer, and remember the families of our amazing Armed Forces. As a mum, I understand the dedication it takes to raise a family, but to do so when your partner is away serving or tragically killed in Service is inspiring.”

The Legion spends £1.4m each week providing practical support and advice to serving personnel, veterans and their families, including crisis grants, family breaks, and benefits and money advice.

The Royal British Legion’s director of fund-raising Charles Byrne said: “A Poppy Picnic is a fun and easy way to support the Legion’s valuable work whilst enjoying time with friends and family.”

To register an event or order a pack, visit www.poppypicnic.org.uk or pick one up from any Iceland store. All picnics registered will be entered into a free prize draw to win a trolley dash in Iceland.

Meanwhile the Coronation Street star took a break from the cobbles this week as she co-presented the breakfast show in Key 103.

And last week the mum-of-three launched Bliss charity lifeline appeal, which support families, campaigns for change and fund research into special care for babies. Kym said: “It is close to my heart and an incredible charity.”

To view the appeal, which was shown on BBC One, visit www.facebook.com/Blisscharity