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Last Updated: Thursday October 28 2010 18:28 GMT

The Saturdays help launch Poppy Appeal 2010

The Saturdays pose with servicemen as they launch the Poppy Appeal

Pop group The Saturdays have helped launch this year's Poppy Appeal, which raises money for British servicemen and women and their loved ones.

The girl band performed at a military base in Essex, south-east England, for troops and family and friends of soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

There was also a parachute display from extreme human flight team Jump4Heroes.

Last year's appeal raised a record-breaking £35million and organisers are hoping to top that this year.

Poppy
This year's Poppy Appeal is aiming to raise 36million.

The Poppy Appeal is run by the Royal British Legion, a charity that supports serving and former members of the Armed Forces and their families.

Gunner Mark Stonelake, who lost his leg fighting in Afghanistan, is one of many that have been helped by the appeal.

He said: "The money everyone contributes to the Poppy Appeal is great, it greatly helps out in whatever way it can... They've set me up with a wet room, so it's easier for me to have a shower, to go [to the] toilet in the middle of the night."

Two-minute silence

People can donate to the appeal by buying a poppy to wear.

On Remembrance Day on 11 November, a two-minute silence will be held across the country at 11am to remember all the people who've died in wars since World War I.