People urged to show support for those who gave their lives in war

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THE sensational singing voices of a Military Wives Choir will offer shoppers a treat this weekend.

And their performance is all for a very important cause.

This year’s poppy appeal is being launched tomorrow at the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays.

Every penny raised in the Portsmouth area over the course of the appeal will go towards the Royal British Legion’s national target of £37m this year.

The money is used to help the legion with its work providing care and support to the armed forces community.

Charles Byrne, from the Royal British Legion, said: ‘We support the entire armed forces community past and present, but families are at the heart of the Poppy Appeal 2013.

‘We recognise the strength of mothers, fathers, partners, and kids, in armed forces families who served alongside their loved ones every single day, and often need practical care and advice too.

‘We’re encouraging people to dig deep for the Poppy Appeal, so we can continue providing this vital support to individuals whether they’re still serving, transitioning back to civilian life, or have left the services, but importantly to their dependents too.’

The poppy launch on Saturday begins with a performance by the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir at 10.50am.

At 11am, depending on the weather, there will be an abseil down the Spinnaker Tower with poppy petals being dropped.

Afterwards, the first poppies will be presented to guests and the choir will continue to perform.

Bill Bates, the chairman of Hampshire Royal British Legion said: ‘I am delighted to be able to launch this year’s Hampshire Poppy Appeal in support of all our armed forces community.

‘Every donation received for a poppy will make a real difference to the lives of Armed Forces families.’

The Royal British Legion provides crisis grants, family breaks, benefits, and money advice to armed forces families.

The organisation needs £1.6m a week to fund its work.