Poppy Appeal How you can help
The Royal Bristish Legion is seeking a new generation of volunteers for its Poppy Appeal Campaign.
The generous donation of your time is the most critical factor in the success of our annual Poppy Appeal.
Each year our Poppy People numbers drop by the thousands, as many of our older collectors decide that they can no longer assist us. They have well and truly done their bit, and now we need to focus on new faces to come forward and lend a hand.
Poppy People give anything from two hours to two weeks of their time to collect on streets, shops and workplaces across the country. Everyone can get involved, and your contribution can ready make a difference to serving and ex-services people in need.
We need to hear from you now, even though you’ll be assisting in November. Imagine how long it takes to plan who needs to go where and do what, and how to get supplies to them, in many ways its like a military operation! The more people who sign up now, the better we can get organised.
How the Poppy Appeal began
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the First World War ended. Civilians wanted to remember the people who had given their lives for peace and freedom. An American War Secretary, Moina Michael, inspired by John McCrae’s poem, began selling poppies to friends to raise money for the ex-service community.
And so the tradition began.