Video: Driving support for Poppy Appeal in Leeds

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The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal bus rolled into Leeds as part of a star-studded fundraiser for military veterans.

Bystanders in City Square showed their support for the charity which provides lifelong assistance to Britain’s current and former servicemen and women.

Pictured (left to right) Edward King, Officer Cadet (LUOTC) Tom Flanagan, partner of Emmerdale's star Emma Atkins, (right) who were supporting the event in City Square, Leeds.

Pictured (left to right) Edward King, Officer Cadet (LUOTC) Tom Flanagan, partner of Emmerdale's star Emma Atkins, (right) who were supporting the event in City Square, Leeds.

They were joined by celebrities from Yorkshire-based soap Emmerdale and members of the Yorkshire Carnegie rugby team also muscled in on the fundraising action

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Emmerdale actress Emma Atkins, who plays Charity Macey, travelled down from Harrogate to the city with her partner Tom and her little boy Albert to voice her support for the Appeal.

Speaking to the YEP she said: “The day has been lovely.

“We are here to support the Poppy Appeal which is a brilliant and wonderful campaign this year, because it is not just about looking back, it is also about looking towards the future and helping people out who have suffered massively.”

Yorkshire Carnegie rugby player Joel Hodgson, 22, also showed his support for the charity.

He said: “It is nice just to remember how we can step out the door every day and do the things we want to do because of what soldiers have sacrificed and what they continue to sacrifice.

“It is not just about remembering what has gone on 60 or 70 years ago, it is important to remember what still goes on today.”

The bus travelled around the city and make stops at locations including the Royal Armouries to raise funds for the annual Poppy Appeal ahead of Remembrance Day on Sunday. Headingley-based project management firm WYG and Royal British Legion also pledged their time as part of the fundraiser.

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