FALKLANDS hero Simon Weston has urged Brits to back The Sun’s Poppy Star campaign.
Thousands of volunteers cannot collect this autumn due to the Covid crisis — meaning six million service personnel, veterans and their families could miss out on vital donations.
Show your support at rbl.org.uk/poppyappeal
Simon, severely burned when his ship was bombed by Argentine jets in 1982, said: “Without campaigns like The Sun’s we are going to see a dramatic drop in income for the British Legion.
"The poppy represents so much. It means those who did not come home are not forgotten.
“It is also a way of telling the younger generation currently in the forces that they still matter.”
Simon, 59, said a lot of Legion work goes unseen, adding: “The appeal is there to support the military family through tough times.
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THE Legion helped buy Navy veteran John McIntear a £8,500 electric wheelchair so he could umpire cricket matches.
Former aircraft handler John, 62, of Telford, Shrops, has lung cancer and said: “I don’t know where I’d be without the Legion’s support. By buying a poppy, you’re helping me stay strong and keep smiling.”
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“We still need people in Afghanistan to train the army against insurgents.
“Others are doing incredible things to meet a humanitarian need.”
This year, Brits are urged to donate online or by topping up at stores on the weekly shop.
How to be a poppy star
THE pandemic may have stopped thousands of sellers from hitting the streets — but it doesn’t have to stop you from buying a poppy. MIKE RIDLEY looks at some of the ways you can do your bit for the appeal by going to:
- Fundraise for appeal: Move to Remember and the 11/11 Challenge are among the fundraising suggestions from the appeal itself. Free fundraising packs on the website will give the help and support you will need.
- Poppies in the post: Help make up for the reduced number of volunteer collectors by requesting 20 poppies free of charge from the RBL — and then giving them to friends and family yourself in return for a donation.
- My poppy run 2020: Run, walk or jog any distance, anywhere and at any time. Get family and friends involved to raise cash. And buy a T-shirt to run in and a medal to give to yourself afterwards!
- Visit the poppy shop: There is an extensive range of products from poppy pins and jewellery to clothing, stationery and homeware. All profits fund the Legion’s work in supporting the Armed Forces community.
- Make online donation: Alternatively, you could just visit the British Legion’s website and make a donation. You can choose a one-off payment or set up a regular amount — and no amount is too small.
…OR POP INTO YOUR LOCAL SAINSBURY’S, TESCO, ASDA, ALDI OR MORRISONS AND BUY A POPPY
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