Dog lover launches poppies for pooches to support forces charity

Jill Asquith has launched the Poppies 4 Paws Appeal and will be encouraging people to clip poppies o

Jill Asquith has launched the Poppies 4 Paws Appeal and will be encouraging people to clip poppies on their dog's collars to help support the Royal British Legion Pictured is Jill with her dog Ted.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

They are said to be a man's best friend.

One of the poppies clipped on Ted's collar.

One of the poppies clipped on Ted's collar. - Credit: Nick Butcher

And now a dog lover from Willingham, near Beccles, is launching a new charity initiative for pet pooches to proudly parade a poppy to support servicemen and women.

Jill Asquith is running the Poppies 4 Paws Appeal and wants to encourage owners to donate some pennies to the Suffolk branch of the Royal British Legion in return for a special clip-on poppy for their canine chums to wear.

Ms Asquith, who works at Wangford Vets and has six loyal dogs of her own, is running the appeal until Remembrance Sunday and is hoping the durable and fluorescent items will be viewed as a mark of respect.

She said: 'It's the first time I have run this appeal. I worked for the Royal British Legion for about six months and when I was at the Norfolk Show recently I saw some clip on poppies. I automatically clipped it on my dogs collar and thought I could do something with this and get other dogs wearing them on a collar or harness.

'Dogs truly are man's best friend and lots do still serve alongside soldiers. It's the dogs way of paying tribute.

'I will be asking owners to further show their support by uploading a photo of their dog or dogs on a special page that I have added to the Wangford Vets website.'

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To boost the coffers Ms Asquith will be selling and collecting donations for copies of her father Brian's book Long Time, No W.C, which is his account of five years in captivity as a prisoner of war.

It describes the courage and fortitude of the Polish people who risked their lives to help them and the camaraderie that helped them get through.

'I am enormously proud of my father, the book is extremely well written and although he died several years ago now I know that he would be happy that the last couple of hundred books went to support this cause,' she said.

The poppies are available for a donation to the RBL from Wangford Vets, Temple Wicks in Beccles, Barking Mad Dog Training School held at Maisebrooke Farm in Shipmeadow and Sides Grooming at Wrentham.

All the money will go towards supporting the armed forces, both serving, veterans and their families.

Look out for some of our four legged friends sporting their poppies in The Journal. We will be featuring some of the proud pooches over the coming weeks.

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