LETTER: Race to benefit military families

Garage space is needed to store Poppy Appeal Boxes.
Garage space is needed to store Poppy Appeal Boxes.

In order to raise funds for Buxton’s Annual Poppy Appeal, to help past and present members of the military community, it is our intention to hold a five kilometre (about three mile) Poppy Run this year at 11am on Saturday, October 31.
The run is being organised and sponsored by the Buxton branch of the Royal British Legion in conjunction with the Buxton Athletics Club and first aid cover is being provided by the St John’s Ambulance Brigade.
Thanks to the generosity of the borough council, the event will take place in the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, and will be started from outside the Argyle Care Home on Broad Walk, by the High Peak borough Mayor Councillor Stewart Young. The route consists of three laps of the internal pathways of the gardens and will be marked out by marshals.
Entry for this fun event is £10 for adults and £5 for children – children must be at least ten-years-old to enter, all proceeds from the event will go directly to the Poppy Appeal. All finishers will receive a medal, bottle of water and a goody bag containing assorted poppy items as well as chocolate and breakfast bar. 
Child entrants will need to complete only one lap of the course to qualify for a medal and goody bag.
This is a fund-raising fun run and people of all ages and abilities can enter.
It does not matter if you run it flat out to get a personal best time, jog round taking in the atmosphere or walk around enjoying the scenery, this event is for you. If this year’s event is a success we will make it an annual date in the diary. Just think, in years to come members of the public could even be on “Flog It” having their Buxton Poppy Appeal medal collection valued – who knows!
If you want to enter and support this excellent cause then either send a large stamped addressed envelope to The Secretary, Royal British Legion, at 29 Pictor Road, Buxton, SK17 7TG, email me at michaelgray1951@hotmail.com or phone me on 07789 911737.
We are limited to 100 entrants and the numbers are moving fast so do not wait too long to be part of this historic event!
Thank you on behalf of the Poppy Appeal.

Michael Gray MBE

Poppy Run Coordinator