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Jeff Woodward is the new Poppy Appeal organiser for Huddersfield

He introduced the first ever local charity duck race 30 years ago in Holmfirth which has become an annual event

Poppy appeal organiser Jeff Woodward at Greenhead Park War Memorial.

Retired solicitor and honorary member of Huddersfield Pendragon Round Table Jeff Woodward is the new Poppy Appeal organiser for Huddersfield.

And he has his sights on a record year for this special centenary year.

Mr Woodward, from Fenay Bridge, has taken over takes over as Huddersfield co-ordinator as the group launches its annual appeal for new volunteers to boost the Poppy Appeal fundraising this year which marks 100 years since the start of WW1.

Last year the area raised more than £42,000 from donations which was up from £37,000 the year before.

He said: “The appeal continues to go from strength to strength to help ex-servicemen both locally and across the country.

“My father-in-law served in the Royal Navy in a submarine in the North Atlantic and on a light cruiser at D-Day and finally the aircraft carrier HMS Colossus in the Far East at the end of the Second World War and many of his former comrades who need support are receiving it from the Poppy Appeal.

“Yet there are also many younger men and women benefitting from the Poppy Appeal who have been affected by more recent conflicts.

“The money raised in the Appeal goes towards providing support for servicemen and women through a variety of ways for young and older personnel.

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“This may be financial or emotional support or support through rehabilitation after injury.

“One example is the Battle Back support scheme which has a centre in Leeds and uses adventure training and sports rehabilitation to help seriously wounded service personnel gain independence and confidence to rebuild their lives”.

Mr Woodward retired just a few weeks ago as senior partner at Armitage Sykes Solicitors. He has an excellent fundraising pedigree having introduced the first ever local charity duck race 30 years ago in Holmfirth which has become an annual event.

He added: “Huddersfield has a tremendous record in the Poppy Appeal and I hope more people will come forward and join the team as new volunteers in this Centenary Year in addition to the staunch supporters who collect every year.”

Anyone who wants to help the local team raise money for local ex-service personnel this year should contact: Sarah Walker from the Poppy Appeal on sandswalker10@gmail.com. Extra help is needed in the three weeks up to November 11 and may involve a morning or afternoon selling poppies.

Mr Woodward has taken over from Richard Brook who has stepped down as co-ordinator but continues to support the local appeal team.

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