25th October 2020
Royal British Legion Surrey Poppy Appeal Launch 2020
The Lord-Lieutenant wishes to share the following message from the Royal British Legion about the 2020 Poppy appeal.
“Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 we are unable to hold the traditional Royal British Legion Surrey Poppy Appeal Launch. We know that you will be disappointed that we are unable to get together to mark this important occasion. With that in mind, we would like to share with you information on what has been planned by the Legion and how you might be able to support the 2020 Poppy Appeal and encourage others to do so.
Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted how the Royal British Legion can deliver the Poppy Appeal this year, dedicated staff, volunteers, partners and suppliers have been working hard to ensure that the 2020 Poppy Appeal takes place and that the nation is able to participate in Remembrance activity.
Each year 40,000 volunteers from across the UK make the Poppy Appeal happen. Many of the volunteers, or someone they live with, now fall into vulnerable categories, so it is simply not safe for them to take part. As a result, the Legion will unfortunately not be able to deliver boxes of poppies to every local business that has supported the Poppy Appeal in the past. However, the Royal British Legion have developed a range of new and exciting fundraising and donation tools that the public can access via their website www.rbl.org.uk/poppyappealPoppies . Poppies will also be available from 7,500 Sainsburys, Aldi, Morrison’s and Tesco stores, and volunteers will run collection stands in other supermarkets and sites where possible. Many other national and regional shops and organisations will also offer poppies in static boxes.
We have also included the link to an article run by the Sun newspaper as it provides lots of useful additional information.
The 2020 Poppy Appeal is particularly important as the pandemic has left some in the Armed Forces community, as in many other communities, in dire need of urgent help and support. The Royal British Legion are therefore asking the public to come together and get behind the Appeal in a way not asked of them before. The Legion is using the strap line, ‘Every Poppy Counts’, during this particularly difficult time and we request your support and invite you to encourage others to participate in any way they can.
Finally, we look forward to seeing you at the Royal British Legion Surrey Poppy Launch 2021, during the Legion’s Centenary year.”
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