British Legion Poppy Appeal

Here in the UK Sunday 11th November is Remembrance Sunday, when we remember all the fallen heroes of past wars, together with the injured from recent and current wars.  The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Service charity. It provides practical care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families. It does fantastic work supporting service personnel and their families and is an organisation that has been going for many years here.

The Poppy Appeal is the Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign and runs year-round. Lapel poppies are available to buy in shops, supermarkets, pubs and clubs from the last week of October until Remembrance Sunday, or 11th November, whichever is later in the calendar.

It takes 350,000 volunteers and staff to organise the Poppy Appeal each year.  More than 40 million Remembrance poppies, 500,000 poppies of other types, 5 million Remembrance petals, 100,000 wreaths and sprays, 750,000 Remembrance Crosses and other Remembrance items are made at the Poppy Factory each year.

The 2010 Poppy Appeal raised a staggering £36 million, smashing all previous records. This target for the 2011 Appeal (October 2011 to September 2012) is £40 million.  And we are doing our bit.

Today we went out selling poppies door to door.  Our round is a very rural round called Hare Lane in Buckland St Mary and Dommett.  There are quite a few farms down long tracks and the houses are sparse, so it took us 2 hours to do about 30 houses.

Me with our poppy box

This year we were given a sash to wear, but as you can see it kept slipping off my shoulder so I abandoned it pretty early on.  We shall be out again tomorrow doing the houses where no one was in this morning, and I am hoping we can raise more money than last year.

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