Posted on 29/10/2012
Royal Holloway played host to a distinguished gathering in the Chapel last Friday (26 October), welcoming the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Dame Sarah Goad, the High Sheriff Dr Karin Sehmer, Mayors of Surrey, guests and colleagues for the Royal British Legion 2012 Surrey Poppy Launch.
It was the first time in the history of the College that this important county event has been hosted here, celebrating the support for the Royal British Legion and our community. A host of awards were presented to fundraising branches, including Englefield Green who raised £14,091.63p in 2011 and were recognised as the “Most Successful Medium District Organiser in Surrey / Greater London SW”. Last year, Surrey Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal raised £1,137,994.46p - the highest ever amount raised in Surrey
The first poppies in Surrey and a Certificate of Appreciation for hosting the 2012 Surrey Poppy Launchwere presented to Professor Paul Layzell on behalf of Royal Holloway by the Lord-Lieutenant.
The Revd Cate Irvine, Chaplain at Royal Holloway led a one minute silence for all those fighting abroad and especially those fighting in Afghanistan.
The event was held under the auspices of Surrey County Appeals Committee chaired by the Lord-Lieutenant whose Secretary is Canon Peter Bruinvels FRSA - County Poppy Appeals Co-ordinator and recently retired County Field Officer for Surrey Royal British Legion.
Canon Peter Bruinvels said - “After 90+ years, Surrey Royal British Legion still remains at the forefront in helping Servicemen, Ex-Servicemen and women and their dependants in financial need through Poppy Support – and it is an ever growing need in Surrey. The record sum of £1,137,994.46p [+£92.5k] raised last year – was our highest ever total and is a fitting tribute for their bravery and our way of saying a very personal ‘thank you’ to all those brave Veterans who fought for us over more than 60+ years of conflict and those still fighting today for us in the name of freedom in Afghanistan - many of whom either lost their lives  then or continue to suffer today. We will never forget them, nor their bravery and remain forever in their debt – no wonder the Military Covenant matters and the duty of care.”