World News – GB – Supporters urged to find new ways to support Poppy Appeal amid pandemic


Supporters were encouraged to organize virtual fundraising events and donate cashless under social distancing rules

UK public urged to find new ways to support this year’s poppy appeal as the coronavirus pandemic limits the traditional work of its fundraisers

Social distancing and volunteer protection requirements are among the challenges facing the armed forces charity The Royal British Legion (RBL) as it launches its annual campaign on Thursday

But under the message « every poppy counts », he encourages people to support alternative ideas to show their support while raising funds for current and former members of the armed forces who may be facing hardships, injuries. or mourning

These include making a request through the RBL website to have the poppies mailed out for distribution to neighbors, families and friends while following social distancing guidelines

A printable poppy is also available for download – in color or for coloring – which people can attach to windows

Free fan fundraising packs can be ordered online, while supporters are also encouraged to do their own ‘virtual’ poppy runs, walks or jogs to help raise funds

More than 15 million paper poppies will be distributed to supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi and Asda They will also be available online through RBL’s Poppy Shop website

To mark this year’s call, which runs until Armistice Day on November 11, the RBL has launched a series of photographic portraits of members of the armed forces, WWII veterans and collectors of Poppy Appeal

Taken in doorways, streets and windows, the photos aim to reveal a snapshot of the life of the armed forces community during the Covid-19 pandemic

Among those featured are WWII veteran Seymour ‘Bill’ Taylor, 95, of Colchester, Essex, who served as a seaman in the Royal Navy

He was aboard HMS Emerald during the D-Day landings, a light cruiser that bombarded enemy positions threatening invasion beaches

This year, Bill spent much of his time at home with his daughter Janet who protected during the pandemic

« This year has been very difficult, not having been able to go out, meet friends and mark important birthdays, » said M Taylor

« However, I admire those who have been on the front lines of this terrible virus day to day They have shown the same sense of duty as my generation during World War II They are the ones who now protect our society

« So while I may not be able to walk to the local memorial this year to remember those we have lost, I will proudly observe the silence on my doorstep and wear my poppy, as I do every year, with pride « 

The public have already been urged to mark Remembrance Sunday at home next month due to the coronavirus crisis, including being asked to stay away from this year’s National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall

A limited number of people – including veterans of the armed forces, royals and international leaders – will be allowed to attend the service on November 8

This will be the first time in the cenotaph’s 100-year history that the traditional 11am service will be closed to members of the public

RBL Director of Fundraising Claire Rowcliffe said: “While the Covid-19 pandemic undoubtedly makes the execution of the appeal more difficult, the additional difficulties it has generated mean our work is now more vital than ever

« The pandemic has had a devastating impact on people’s livelihoods and way of life, leaving some members of the armed forces community in urgent need of help and support »

« While you may need to do something different to support the poppy call this year, every poppy counts, so we ask people to support us in any way they can. »

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World News – GB – Supporters urged to find new ways to support Poppy Appeal amid pandemic



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