Harrogate schoolboy helps launch Poppy Appeal in Leeds

Ashville Pre-Prep School pupil Jesse Gordon (s)
Ashville Pre-Prep School pupil Jesse Gordon (s)

A Harrogate schoolboy took centre stage when the Royal British Legion launched its annual Poppy Appeal in Leeds.

Jesse Gordon, a seven-year-old pupil at Ashville Pre-Prep School, handed the first poppy of this year’s celebrations to a war veteran last Friday at Leeds Trinity Shopping Centre where the official regional fund-raising event was staged.

The seven-year-old was invited by the RBL to participate in the ceremony in Leeds, as a tribute to his family’s long standing support of the ex-servicemen and women’s charity.

Jesse said, “I am very excited to be involved in this year’s Poppy Appeal launch. My granddad has been helping raise money for the Royal British Legion for many years, and my family, including my brother Jude, will be there supporting me.”

The event was hosted by BBC Look North’s Harry Gration, and Jesse was joined by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe and the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor David Congreve.

Ashville Pre-Prep Headteacher Carrol Bernie said, “We are evry proud of Jesse, and it’s a real honour for the school that he has been invited to play a major part in this launch.”