The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal is set to be officially launched in Sheffield on Saturday, 24 October when the Lord Mayor, Councillor Talib Hussain, buys a poppy on the Town Hall steps.

The appeal, originally started to help those returning from the First World War, recognises the memory of the fallen and the future of the living.

Councillor Hussain said: “The poppy is a powerful symbol and I will be wearing mine to remember not just those who have lost their lives in all conflicts, but also to show support for those still serving in the Armed Forces today.”

Today, money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes directly to the Royal British Legion’s welfare work, which supports those serving in the British Armed Forces, those who have previously served, and their families.

Christine Spencer, County Chair of South and West Yorkshire Royal British Legion, said: “The Legion is very grateful to the general public for all their support.

“The need for our welfare work helping serving, ex-service personnel and their dependents continues to grow.”

Poppies will be on sale at locations throughout Sheffield until Wednesday, 11 November.