More than a thousand service personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force are at London’s Mainline Railway, Thameslink and Underground Stations today selling poppies to try to raise one million pounds in a single day for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Commuters and visitors to the capital have been met with smiles and jovial banter from military, young and old, as they have arrived at the transport hubs to begin their day. With activity from Paddington to Canary Wharf, from King’s Cross to Charing Cross, the warmth of our service personnel has been accompanied by world class music performances from 11 World Class military bands across the capital.
Celebrity Ross Kemp joined soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade and the Scots Guards at Liverpool Street Station to sell poppies while British Army Band Colchester performed.
Household Cavalry Band Musician and “Britain’s Got Talent” Magician Lance Corporal Richard Jones has been delighting and astonishing passengers on the London Underground with his magic tricks. The Royal Marines Unarmed Combat Display Team have demonstrated their skills at Waterloo Station alongside performances from the Band of the Grenadier Guards.
London Poppy Day is now the largest one-day street collection of its kind in Europe, it’s come a long way since its inception in 2006 when a team of ten volunteers raised £500 - now it is a major highlight of the Remembrance calendar.
The Armed Forces community make so many contributions and sacrifices that the public often don’t see. They undertake activity supporting the UK outside of conflict including combating piracy and providing help during natural disasters, they work in collaboration with civilian organisations to keep the nation safe, and they spend vast amounts of time away from loved ones, frequently missing special occasions.
Life in the Armed Forces can be uniquely rewarding and offers amazing opportunities for all, but it comes with unique challenges for those serving and their families, both during and after service. Your poppy supports the Armed Forces community, past and present. Funds raised go to support the
Royal British Legion’s vital life-saving and life-enhancing work for Service Personnel, veterans and their families in need. So, wear your poppy with pride, and thank you to all those who stopped to talk to our service personnel, expressed their appreciation and those who gave so generously.