Posted on 30/10/2012
Royal Holloway showed its support for members of the armed forces and their families by hosting the launch of Surrey Royal British Legion’s 2012 Poppy Appeal on Friday 26 October.
Marking the first time Royal Holloway has hosted the event, the university welcomed dignitaries including Dame Sarah Goad DCVO JP, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, and Dr Karin Sehmer, High Sheriff of Surrey, for a special ceremony in the Chapel.
Dame Sarah presided over the event, which was also attended by injured soldiers from rehabilitation centre Hadley Court, near Leatherhead.
She presented certificates to Surrey Royal British Legion members in recognition of their fundraising work. Their appeal last year raised their highest ever amount – an impressive £1,137,994.
Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway, expressed his support for the Appeal, which has seen hundreds of volunteers take to the streets across Surrey to raise vital funds for ex-service men and women.
He said: “It is a privilege for us to host this important county event for the first time in the history of the College.
“The local community is very important to us here at Royal Holloway and forms an integral part of our history. We are honoured to be able to support the Poppy Appeal which provides crucial funds for brave ex-servicemen and woman who have given, and continue to give, so much to our country.”
Guests were treated to music from Edward Elgar’s Nimrod, from the Enigma Variations and heard reflections and poems before taking part in a one minute silence, led by The Reverend Cate Irvine, Anglican Chaplain at Royal Holloway.
The famous choir of Royal Holloway finished the event with a moving performance of For lo, I raise up, by Charles Villiers Stanford, before all the guests were invited to a lunch in the Founder’s Dining Hall hosted by the Principal.