Service Personnel have stepped forward to support the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal by collecting donations and selling poppies to commuters and visitors to London as part of London Poppy Day.
The Legion has worked with its partners to allow the day to go ahead with social distancing measures and restrictions in place. Serving personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force have been out collecting alongside Poppy Appeal volunteers at some of the capital’s busiest Network Rail stations including Waterloo, King’s Cross, Liverpool St, Victoria, Canary Wharf, London Bridge, Paddington and Canon St.
Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter, and WO1 Glenn Haughton, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs joined personnel at London Waterloo to show their support for the Poppy Appeal.
There are a variety of cashless donation options available for paper poppies and other poppy products this year, including QR codes, text to donate, and contactless devices, to ensure the safety of those collecting and those choosing to donate in person.
Volunteers have been issued with PPE and will be collecting in static locations with social distancing in operation. For those not travelling into London The Legion has unveiled a range of new ways for people to show their support remotely. These range from simply making a donation online, taking part in a Poppy Run, downloading a poppy to display in your window at home, or ordering some poppies in the post to distribute amongst family members, friends or neighbours.
Throughout this year’s Poppy Appeal, the Legion is celebrating the contribution of every member of the Armed Forces from the Second World War generation who stepped up to defend our way of life 75 years ago, to today’s Armed Forces who, once again, have been there during a time of national crisis standing alongside essential workers on the front line in the fight against Covid-19.
According to the Royal British Legion there are 12,000 fewer collectors on the streets raising money for veterans and their families.
The Prime Minister recently tweeted: “We will not let these difficult times stop us from doing proper honour to those who gave their lives for our freedom and safety. Make sure you buy a poppy this year – be it online or at the supermarket – to support the families of those who have given so much. #EveryPoppyCounts“
The reason poppies are used to remember those who have given their lives in battle is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after the first world war ended. This is described in the famous World War One poem In Flanders Fields.
Ever since then, poppies have come to be a symbol of remembering not just those who gave their lives in World War One, but all those who have died on behalf of their country.
The money raised from these donations is used to help servicemen and women who are still alive, whose lives have been changed by wars that they fought in.
The money helps veterans who may need to find new jobs or somewhere to live, or any other support they may need. It is also used to help those who have lost loved ones because of wars.
Show your support at rbl.org.uk/poppyappeal