Call for government to Gift Aid Poppy Appeal donations

PUBLISHED: 07:15 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:41 15 June 2010

A RETIRED clergyman from Offwell has started a petition on Number 10 Downing Street's website calling on the government to allow cash donated to the Poppy Appeal to be Gift Aided.

A RETIRED clergyman from Offwell has started a petition on Number 10 Downing Street's website - calling on the government to allow cash donated to the Poppy Appeal to be Gift Aided.If successful, the move could raise a further £7m a year for the Royal British Legion.Reverend Brian Green, who is chaplain of the Legion's Honiton branch, received positive support when he mentioned his idea to others during recent remembrance events."I think donations given to the Poppy Appeal should qualify for Gift Aid," Mr Green told the Herald."This year is the 90th anniversary of the end of World War One and a tremendous opportunity for the government to support the work of the Royal British Legion."The Poppy Appeal is the Legion's single biggest fund-raiser.n You can sign Mr Green's petition by visiting www.petitions.number10.gov.uk/Britleg-giftaid/

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