Essex and Suffolk-based troops have taken over railway stations today (Thu 4 Nov) as part of The Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day.
Some 120 troops from 16 Air Assault Brigade Combat Team, based at Colchester and Woodbridge; Wimbish-based 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordinance Disposal and Search); and Wattisham Flying Station travelled to London to both raise money and awareness for the Poppy Appeal.
The soldiers collected donations from train passengers at Liverpool Street, Old Street and Farringdon stations respectively to fund the Legion’s work supporting military personnel, veterans and their families from commuters. At Liverpool Street, British Army Band Colchester and the Pipes and Drums of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles set the fundraising to music.
Private Laura MacNeill, of Colchester-based 16 Medical Regiment, said: "The Poppy Appeal is a cause close to every soldier's heart. The Royal British Legion is always there to support soldiers and their families, so I wanted to do my bit to help and show my respect to the Fallen. It’s great to be out in uniform in public, and people have been really friendly and generous with their donations.”
Airtrooper Suhaib Bryim, of Wattisham-based 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, said: “There’s been a really positive atmosphere at Farringdon and I’ve been in so many photos! Several people have given me £20 for poppies and it’s great to see how much support there is for the Royal British Legion, because I feel that it's showing support to us as soldiers as well."
With 750 personnel and civilian volunteers from all three services spread across the capital, London Poppy Day is the country's largest one-day street collection event.