Huskies launch Poppy appeal in Warrington

7:48am Monday 3rd November 2014

MEET Wolf, Rossy, Casey and Poppy, the sled dogs fronting the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and inaugural Festival of Remembrance in Warrington this year.

The three Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamute were chosen from Sibes and Sled Dogs Husky Rescue after Wolf was adopted by an army veteran.

They were tasked with delivering Warrington Poppy Appeal Organiser Colin Eaves, in a Husky sled, to the Town Hall last week to mark 100 years since the birth of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

Mr Eaves said: “I thought this would be quite a tribute to the animals that have been lost in conflicts.”

And John Duxbury, from Sibes and Sled Dogs Husky Rescue, felt the huggable hounds did him proud.

“They did so well that the Legion would like to get them involved in more events,” he explained.

“To control themselves, when they can pull a sled along at 27mph, was really impressive, they did really well.”

The Poppy Appeal is backed by the Deputy Mayor of Warrington, Geoff Settle, who is encouraging people to give their support and help reach the town’s target of £40,000.

He said: “As we mark the centenary of the First World War, it’s as important as ever to wear a poppy and remember the sacrifices and commitment made by our Armed Forces both then and now.

“The message behind this year’s Poppy Appeal is Live On – to the memory of the fallen and future of the living, which captures perfectly why it’s so important to donate to the appeal and wear a poppy.”

For the first time, a Festival of Remembrance will be held at the Parr Hall on Saturday, November 1.

Mr Eaves added: “I have been a volunteer with the Legion for a few years and we are always looking for new volunteers, especially during the Poppy Appeal leading up to Remembrance Sunday.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for the British Legion should contact 07779 312316, or to enquire about fostering a Husky call 07821 876630.

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