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Poppy Appeal 2020

Published on Tuesday, 27th October 2020

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The Poppy Appeal will be based at the Abbeygate Shopping Centre in Nuneaton this year, where poppies and wreaths will be available until November 10th.

Poppies and lots of other goodies are also available at Bedworth Market, and they can be found in Asda from week beginning Monday 2nd of November.

This year marks the 99th anniversary of the Poppy Appeal, with the first one being held back in 1921 on the 21st of November.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Appeal has had to adapt to the current circumstances, however there are still ways that you can get involved at home.

The Poppy Appeal are asking the public to draw pictures of poppies and to display them on their windows. As well as donating money to the Royal British Legion by buying a poppy, the Appeal are also encouraging people to get creative and make their own poppies.

Royal British Legion Nuneaton Poppy Appeal Organiser Kazzie King said:

“Although we have not had a normal poppy launch this year, we are thankful to Castle Mound Estates, the managers of Abbeygate who managed to procure a shop for us to sell poppies in. We are also trying to encourage people that “Every Poppy Counts” and drawing poppies to stick on their windows is a great way to show their support in these unprecedented times.

“As always, we also hope that people will observe the 2 minutes silence at 11:00 hours on the 11th of November wherever they may be.”

Cllr Julie Jackson, Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council said:

“The Poppy Appeal is a significant part in how we show our support for the Armed Forces community and their families. Despite the Poppy Appeal having to make changes this year, we want to reinforce the point that “Every Poppy Counts”, therefore making and drawing poppies still makes a huge difference. It’s also another course of action in how we can keep each other safe and “Remember at Home”.

“The poppy is a well-recognised symbol with a wealth of history behind it, and wearing one is an honourable way to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country.”

If you would like to make a donation and download a poppy that you print and display in your home, please visit: www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/donate