Legion supporter wins limited edition Poppy coin
Our partner The Westminster Collection donated a limited edition 2017 Masterpiece Poppy Coin to our competition.
The Westminster Collection has supported The Royal British Legion for many years raising over £740,000 for us to date. It is the exclusive retailer of the annual Poppy coin.
To celebrate this year’s fundraising milestone, The Westminster Collection released a new limited edition 2017 Masterpiece Poppy Coin worth £495, and donated one to the Legion’s competition for its supporters. More than 3,000 supporters took part in the competition, answering a question about the intricate details of the new Poppy Coin.
The lucky winner of the coin was Mark Guild, whose father, grandfather and great-great-uncle have all served.
“My father served in the Royal Navy for 22 years during the Cold War. He chased submarines around the arctic for months on end between 1959 and 1981, serving on HMS Mohawk, HMS Nubian and HMS Londonderry.
Mark with his prize: the 2017 Masterpiece Poppy Coin
“My grandfather served in the Black Watch at the end of WW2. He was erroneously called up despite being a miner, and was stationed in Ireland where the war largely missed him.
“My great-great uncle, Charles Worledge, also served with the Black Watch but in WW1. He died on 17 November 1917 at Passchendaele aged only 22 and is buried at Tyne Cot.
“We buy our poppies in remembrance of him, but it’s the personnel that serve today that we buy them for. They do an extraordinary job and are deserving of our continued support irrespective of the decisions that place them in harm’s way.”