Moray SNP News
Moray’s MSP has shown his support for the 2016 Poppyscotland Appeal at a reception held in the Scottish Parliament.
Mr Lochhead is encouraging people in Moray to get behind the appeal which helps raise money for Poppyscotland to provide support to veterans struggling with life outside the military. Over the past six years Poppyscotland, with thanks to public support, has invested more than £2million to fund employment initiatives for disabled and vulnerable veterans, including retraining grants, a mental health employability programme and a vocational assessment course, improving the lives of many veterans and their families.
Speaking after the event, Richard Lochhead said:
“I was pleased to be able to attend the Poppyscotland launch in the Scottish Parliament this week and to show my support for the appeal. Poppies, which are handmade by veterans all year round, are an important symbol of respect and remembrance for those who serve in the armed forces and those who have lost their lives at war.
“The annual poppy appeal raises much needed funds to support veterans, many of whom suffer from a long-term illness or disability. Moray has a longstanding close relationship with the military, with servicemen and women and veterans being an important part our communities, and I’d encourage people locally to go that extra mile in their support for the 2016 Poppy Appeal.
“Whether it’s putting a little extra in the poppy tin, or doing something completely different to raise money for this important cause, every penny helps Poppyscotland to offer life changing support to our veterans.”