The Royal British Legion has launched its annual Poppy Appeal, which last year raised over £22,500 in Frome and Nunney.
The Royal British Legion‘s work through the Poppy Appeal. The Appeal is the Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign and runs year-round.
Lapel poppies are available by donation in shops, supermarkets, pubs and clubs from the last week of October until Remembrance Sunday, or 11 November, whichever is later in the calendar.
It takes 350,000 volunteers and staff to organise the Poppy Appeal each year. Money raised goes to support our welfare work for the Armed Forces community.
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 each year.
The 2013 Poppy Appeal raised an amazing £39 million. The target for the Poppy Appeal 2014 (October 2014 to September 2015) is £40 million.
Poppies were first suggested as a symbol of Remembrance in 1918 and were adopted by the American Legion in 1920. An American War Secretary, Moina Michael, inspired by John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders’ Fields”, began selling poppies to friends to raise money for the ex-Service community. And so the tradition began.
In 1921 the British Legion adopted it and the first Poppy Appeal was born. The first appeal raised £106,000 (nearly £30 million in today’s terms) and all the poppies were supplied from France. In 1922 the “Poppy Factory” was established in the UK to keep costs down and employing disabled ex-Servicemen to make the poppies.
Note that poppies were “sold” when the appeal started but charity legislation now requires them to be ‘distributed in return for donations’.
Here’s how you can help make a difference:
Make a donation
Make a donation for a poppy from a Poppy Collector during the Remembrance period or make a donation to the Poppy Appeal online. Click here for more details.
Donate via your mobile
To donate £3 using your mobile phone text POPPY to 70020 (Cost £3 plus standard network charge – £2.97 goes to the Poppy Appeal).
To donate £10 text POPPY to 70800 (Cost £10 plus standard network charges – £9.92 goes to the Poppy Appeal)
Buy the Poppy Appeal single
The official Poppy Appeal single is released on Remembrance Sunday. The single No Man’s Land (Green Fields of France) by Grammy and Brit Award singer Joss Stone and guitar legend Jeff Beck is now available to pre-order. Please buy a copy and help it reach No 1.
Shop at The Poppy Shop
There’s an extensive range of poppy merchandise and other great gift ideas online at the Poppy Shop and 100% of profits go to the Legion. Visit www.poppyshop.org.uk.
Help with collections in Nunney
If you can help with the Poppy Appeal collections in Nunney, please contact Mary Lynch-Staunton on 01373 836 263 or Maggy Daniell, Poppy Appeal organiser for Frome and Nunney, on 07854 818 286.
Maggy says, “It isn’t a big commitment – just two hours of your time would help enormously.”
Remembrance Sunday will be marked on 9 November. A 2-minute silence will be observed outside Nunney Church, followed by a Sung Eucharist.
The exhibitions Somerset Remembers and Nunney Remembers are on display in Nunney Church daily until 31 October.