Ministers collect Poppy Appeal donations for London Poppy Day

Johnny Mercer MP, Minister of State (Minister for Veterans’ Affairs) speaks with one of the Irish Guards pipers at Westminster Station. Photographer: Sergeant Rob Kane Copyright: UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023. MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

Hundreds of serving military personnel took part in London Poppy Day yesterday (2 November) as sailors, soldiers and aviators sold poppies and raised money for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. 

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps joined personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force at Waterloo station and Johnny Mercer MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs was at Westminster sell poppies and collect donations from generous commuters and Londoners.

Across the capital, Minister for Defence Procurement James Cartlidge and Minister for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families Andrew Murrison also joined volunteers at Victoria station and King’s Cross.

The city-wide volunteering effort at more than 70 locations comes a week before Remembrance Sunday (12 November), when the nation will pay tribute to the brave men and women who served and died to defend the United Kingdom and its allies.

Grant Shapps Secretary of State for Defence visiting Waterloo Station engaging with the public selling poppies alongside military personnel for London Poppy Day 2023. Photographer: AS1 Christian Sparks RAF Copyright: UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023. MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

The Defence Secretary also visited Royal Hospital Chelsea this morning to pay tribute to two Chelsea Pensioners, hearing about their experiences serving in the Armed Forces.

The Band of the Household Cavalry performed at Waterloo station throughout the day, entertaining commuters and encouraging them to donate to the appeal. 

The Armed Forces also supported Poppyscotland’s Edinburgh Poppy Day, where The Royal Regiment of Scotland’s mascot, Corporal Cruachan IV, a black Shetland Pony, supported the fundraising effort. 

On Remembrance Sunday, thousands of members of the UK Armed Forces will be deployed at home and around the world on security operations, humanitarian missions and environmental tasks, continuing to protect the peace that previous generations fought so hard to win.

How to donate to the Poppy Appeal:

By phone

Call the friendly fundraising support team on 0345 845 1945 to make a donation by phone.

By text

To donate £2 text POPPY2 to 70545*

To donate £5 text POPPY5 to 70545*

To donate £10 text POPPY10 to 70545*

*Texts cost £2, £5, or £10 plus your standard network rate. We receive 100% of your donation.

The Royal British Legion will contact you by text on the mobile number you used to allow you to let us know how you would like to be contacted in the future and to find out whether you would like to add Gift Aid to your donation.

By post

Please print off a donation form and return to Royal British Legion, Supporter Care, Haig House 199 High Borough Street, London SE1 1AA.


Or visit the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Shop


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