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Poppy Appeal

Alan Mak Selling Poppies Nov -2011Each year the nation expresses its unequivocal support for The Royal British Legion's work through the Poppy Appeal.

The Appeal is the Legion's biggest fundraising campaign and runs year-round. Lapel poppies are available by donation in shops, supermarkets, pubs and clubs from the last week of October until Remembrance Sunday, or 11 November, whichever is later in the calendar.

It takes 350,000 volunteers and staff to organise the Poppy Appeal each year. Money raised goes to support our welfare work for the Armed Forces community.

More than 40 million Remembrance poppies, 500,000 poppies of other types, 5 million Remembrance petals, 100,000 wreaths and sprays, 750,000 Remembrance Crosses and other Remembrance items are made each year.

The 2013 Poppy Appeal raised an amazing £39 million. The target for the 2014 Appeal (October 2014 to September 2015) is £40 million. If you would like to donate at any time please click here.

History

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the First World War ended. Civilians wanted to remember the people who had given their lives for peace and freedom. An American War Secretary, Moina Michael, inspired by John McCrae's poem, "In Flanders' Fields", began selling poppies to friends to raise money for the ex-Service community. And so the tradition began.

Poppy Factory

In 1922 Major George Howson, a young infantry officer, formed the Disabled Society to help disabled ex-Service men and women from the First World War.

Stick-on-poppy.gifHowson suggested to the Legion that members of the Disabled Society could make poppies, and the Poppy Factory was subsequently founded in Richmond in 1922. The original poppy was designed so that workers with a disability could easily assemble it and this principle remains today.

Visit our Poppy Appeal microsite for more information about the Poppy Appeal.

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