The Royal British Legion has launched its annual Poppy Appeal, which last year raised £21,800 in Frome and Nunney.
Each year the nation expresses its support for The Royal British Legion‘s work through the Poppy Appeal. The Appeal is the Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign and was launched nationally on Thursday 24 October with a concert for Service personnel and their families.
This year, the Legion is focusing on the range of work it does to support Armed Forces families, whether they are families of personnel on active service, of those currently in transition from military to civilian life, or of veterans. The target for Poppy Appeal 2013 is to raise £37 million.
Every poppy helps support the British Armed Forces past and present, and their families. Please give generously and wear your poppy with pride.
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 Poppy Girls single The Call (No need to say Goodbye) 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.
Poppies were first suggested as a symbol of Remembrance in 1918 and were adopted by the American Legion in 1920. 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’.
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 10 November. A 2-minute silence will be observed outside Nunney Church, followed by a Sung Eucharist.
The exhibition Keep Calm and Nunney On – Nunney during World War II is on display in Nunney Church daily until Saturday 30 November.