Paul James and Nikki Walker took time out from training on Monday morning to give their support to the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.
The pair visited Swansea Market where they spent an hour helping former servicemen to sell poppies ahead of Rememberance Sunday this weekend, causing quite a stir with shoppers who were happy to contribute towards the fund which helps members of the Armed Forces, as well as helping to commemorate the enormous sacrifices made by members of the forces in defence of the country.
After spending time rattling their collection boxes and getting to know some of their fellow sellers, Paul and Nikki said that they had been honoured to be able to help out.
“It’s the least we can do to be honest, giving up an hour to help such a fantastic cause. It’s important that we remember the soldiers who have lost their lives in battle, and the money raised also helps those who return injured. Hopefully, the public will continue to support the Poppy Appeal.”
“To see these guys out there in the cold weather, full of beans, you understand what it means to them. They served their country with pride and are doing this to ensure what they went through isn’t forgotten, and that the memories of their friends who didn’t come home lives on. To be able to help in this small way is an honour.”
Phil Flower, Chairman of the Swansea Branch of the Royal British Legion, said:
“The Ospreys are the pride of south Wales and to have them on board and for them to give up their time to support the appeal is just fantastic.
“The Ospreys are keen to get out in the community and it is really nice thay have recognised the Poppy Appeal as one of the charities they want to help.”
The Royal British Legion are still looking for poppy sellers to help them at locations throughout the area this week. If you are interested and having spare time to help, please contact Phil Flower on 02032 072450 or 07500 764080.