Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies joined with colleagues to take part in the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy ride which coincided with the start of the annual Poppy Appeal. The annual event, taking place for a fourth year, saw Assembly Members and staff take up the challenge of riding as far as possible in three-minutes, competing against each other for the honour of winning a prestigious Legion yellow jersey.
The ride aims to raise awareness of the work of the Legion and the issues of the Armed Forces community in a unique setting. Throughout the event Legion staff were on hand to talk to participants about the unseen sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, in Wales and beyond, every day.
AMs were joined by the Legion’s Area Manager for Wales Ant Metcalfe, Legion staff from across Wales and were supported by students from the local Military Preparation College for Training. Pure Gym Cardiff, once again generously supported the event by providing the static bikes.
Mr Irranca-Davies AM said: “Thanks again to the Royal British Legion for arranging another successful Poppy Ride in the Senedd. I support commemoration and fund-raising efforts in communities right across Ogmore and it’s great to be able to support this worthy cause here as well.
Each day our Armed Forces provide an incredible service to our country in all kinds of ways, many of which we don’t necessarily see, but all of which impacts our lives. The RBL provides invaluable support to our Armed Forces community and the upcoming annual Remembrance period shines a light on the hard work they do throughout the year.”
Ant Metcalfe, Wales Area Manager for the Royal British Legion said: “The Poppy Ride has become a popular event in the Assembly calendar, with the friendly competitive nature of Assembly Members coming to the fore. It provides us with a great platform to talking to the AM’s and their staff about the needs of the Armed Forces and veteran community and the work of the Legion in Wales in a relaxed and informal setting. I would like to extend my thanks to every person who came along today.”