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Meet our Poppy Appeal collectors

Every year people from across the UK volunteer to collect for the Poppy Appeal. From all regions, walks of life and corners of the UK, meet some of those who will be supporting the Legion this year.  

Poppy Appeal collector Caitlin Simmonds

Caitlin - Topsham, Exeter

Caitlin’s mum and dad were both in the Armed Forces. Aged 16, she’s our youngest Poppy Appeal Organiser – looking after not one but two Poppy Appeal districts!

Caitlin - Topsham, Exeter

Caitlin’s mum and dad were both in the Armed Forces. Aged 16, she’s our youngest Poppy Appeal Organiser – looking after not one but two Poppy Appeal districts!

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“I’m 84 now and have been collecting for the Legion for 20 years”

“I’m 84 now and have been collecting for the Legion for 20 years”

Poppy Appeal collector Daphne Snowden

Daphne Snowden - Littlehampton

Daphne has been collecting in her local Sainsbury’s for 19 years, but started aged 11 in London. The 76-year-old was presented with her 65-year service bar by the Legion after the 2016 Poppy Appeal.

Daphne Snowden - Littlehampton

Daphne has been collecting in her local Sainsbury’s for 19 years, but started aged 11 in London. The 76-year-old was presented with her 65-year service bar by the Legion after the 2016 Poppy Appeal.

Poppy Appeal collectors from Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association

“It is our obligation as Muslims to serve those in need and stay loyal to our country”

“It is our obligation as Muslims to serve those in need and stay loyal to our country”

Poppy Appeal Khusiman Gurung

Khusiman Gurung

Khusiman, a retired Gurkha Major and military marksmanship Queen’s Medal winner at Bisley, helps the local branch to sell poppies every year, alongside other members of the Gurkha veteran Basingstoke Nepalese Community.

Khusiman Gurung

Khusiman, a retired Gurkha Major and military marksmanship Queen’s Medal winner at Bisley, helps the local branch to sell poppies every year, alongside other members of the Gurkha veteran Basingstoke Nepalese Community.

Poppy Appeal collector Steven Gillingwater

Stephen Gillingwater - Cippenham Branch

“I joined the Legion four years ago. I suffer from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, but I am passionate about the Poppy Appeal and that helps me fight through the pain.”

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Stephen Gillingwater - Cippenham Branch

“I joined the Legion four years ago. I suffer from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, but I am passionate about the Poppy Appeal and that helps me fight through the pain.”

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