CHARITY chiefs are calling on JournalLive users to show support as a prestigious event comes to Tyneside for the first time.
The Royal British Legion will next month bring a Field of Remembrance to Gateshead’s Saltwell Park which will see thousands of wooden crosses - adorned with a poppy and a message for a lost loved one - 'planted' in rows as a tribute to the fallen.
Already 150,000 wooden crosses have been delivered to addresses across the region as The Royal British Legion staged a mass mail drop.
Now pick-up points are springing up across the North East where people can collect a cross, write their message and send it back to the charity for 'planting'.
As the countdown begins, readers can pop into the Journal's Groat Market office, in Newcastle, to pick up a pack.
Guy Upward, head of individual giving at The Royal British Legion (RBL), said: “Responses are starting to come in for the North Field of Remembrance and we’ve had some very positive feedback from people who live locally which is fantastic.
“I’d like to encourage more and more people to join us in marking this very special occasion, so please do dedicate a cross and return it to us.
“You can pick up a wooden cross at several collection points around Gateshead and Newcastle.”
To date, locations in Westminster, Royal Wootton Bassett and Edinburgh have been selected to stage the honour of a Field of Remembrance.
But now – after a campaign by our sister paper, the Sunday Sun – charity chiefs at the Legion have agreed to bring the charity event to the North.
So that your wooden cross can be planted, anyone wanting to take part must write a personal message on the cross.
And if you return it in the envelope provided, along with your form by Saturday, October 20, the Legion will plant a wooden cross bearing your words at the Gateshead site.
You can also on to www.britishlegion.org.uk/dedicate – here you can type a message which will be written on to a cross and planted at Saltwell Park.
Readers can also call 0845 845 1945 and dedicate a message for a cross over the phone. Lines are open between Monday and Friday from 9am-5pm.
Planting of the field will take place on Friday, October 26, as volunteers help lay the sea of wooden crosses designed to honour the memory of fallen heroes.