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Poppy Appeal 2020

One of the best things about having a blog is having the platform to share my voice. Its my space where I can talk about products I enjoy, businesses I love and so much more. One of the things also try to include on my blog is the charities I support and that is what today’s post is all about.

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal logo

When my dad was younger, he was part of the Royal Air Force and whilst he left quite a few years ago, the RAF has still been a part of my life as an aviation fan. I have been going to airshows all of my life and one charity that I have always seen at these events is the Royal British Legion. From an early age, I was taught what they stood for and what help and support they could give.

Who are the Royal British Legion?

When I mention the Royal British Legion, you might think of the poppy appeal, which takes place every year, with the selling of poppies in the lead up to Remembrance Day. You might even think of the Remembrance Day events that take part up and down the country and that I feel proud that I attend. But what you might not realise is that the Royal British Legion is so much more than that.

The Royal British Legion is available to all members of the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, British Army, veterans and their families. They are there to help and support in times of need and have been since 1921. They offer so many services including care and help with independent living, physical and mental wellbeing, financial and employment support and so much more.

Adapting to Covid-19

Like with the rest of us, the Royal British Legion has had to adapt to Covid-19 and the way in which they run. Currently their drop in centres are closed, meaning that people of missing out on that vital support. Whilst they are able to support people virtually, they cannot do this without your help. Care homes are still looking after their residents and giving them the best life they can under the current circumstances, but to continue to do this, they need your help.

The British armed forces have been there for us whenever we have needed them. From volatile situations, protecting us, humanitarian aid, to teaching us and helping us with all aspects of Covid-19 and so when they feel that they need our support, I’d like to think that we will be there for them. As a charity, the Royal British Legion need vital donations to be able to achieve this. Under the current situation, events have been cancelled and fundraisers are unable to do all that they usually do, but it doesn’t mean we can’t help.

What Can I Do To Help?

Poppies in the post

You can order your poppies free of charge through the post and distribute them with family, friends and neighbours in exchange for a donation. All you need to do is simply complete this form on their website.

Download, Print and Display a remembrance poppy

Just like many of us did at the start of lockdown with rainbows, why not turn your attention to a remembrance poppy for the month instead. Why not add a donation too so that the Royal British Legion can continue its vital work. Click here to get your remembrance poppy.

Take part in a Poppy Run or Walk

This is a great way of getting fresh air and keeping fit whilst raising money for charity at the same time. Simply choose when and where you are going to do it, set your target and get fundraising. You can find even more tips out here. If you’re fundraising for charity, let me know and I’ll give you a shout out on social media.

Place an order with the Poppy Shop Online

There are so many beautiful items available to purchase on the Poppy Shop Online. From jewellery and clothing, to items for the home, there is something for everyone. Treat yourself or someone else to something from the shop and raise money for the Royal British Legion at the same time.

I hope you have found this post useful and remember, when we all work together, we can achieve something great.

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16 thoughts on “Poppy Appeal 2020

  1. These are great ideas Kelly. I have certainly noticed a lot less in the way of poppies that people are wearing this year. I have made sure to get mine and some for my Dad (Who didn’t realise and went and bought each different one his local shop was selling… He now has about 8!)

    Charities really need our support now more than ever, thank you for raising awareness x

  2. I think it’s wonderful that we can help to support the Royal British Legion from our homes, despite Covid-19/lockdown restrictions! Raising funds for the charity using poppies is an absolutely beautiful tradition, and a lovely, poignant symbol of Remembrance Day.

    Bianca xx | http://www.missmonro.com

  3. This is a wonderful post to read! It’s so sad that such an important cause is being overshadowed by COVID, I’m so done with it all now!
    Well done you for sharing this!

    Rosie

    loverosiee.co.uk

  4. These are great ideas! I was lucky to connect with some incredible people through our local legions while I was serving with the Canadian Armed Forces. Not only do they offer support for current serving members and veterans, but they also provide a much needed connection between veterans and the next generation. Without that, I fear a lot of their stories and wisdom would be lost.

  5. Thank you so much for this!! I was thinking just yesterday that I don’t know where to buy my normal poppy this year but that’s great that you can buy them online, I’ll look into the form later today and get it sorted. It’s incredible the work they do, for sure!

  6. I love that you are using your blog as a platform for good Kelly! Thanks for explaining about the poppies and remembrance day. As an American, I really wasn’t exactly sure what it was about.

  7. Thanks for sharing this Kelly, it’s such a shame that covid will have an impact on this years Poppy Apeal. Thank you for sharing and using your voice. It’s great to know that you can stil grab a Poppy by ordering online.

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