The Corona Virus Pandemic is appealing to the public to find new ways to support this year’s poppy appeal as it limits the traditional work of its fundraisers.
One of the challenges facing the Royal British Legion (RBL), an armed forces charity, as it launches its annual campaign on Thursday is the need to maintain social distance.
The charity said 40,000 volunteers support the appeal each year, with a 30% reduction this year.
Under the message “Every Poppy Number”, it encourages people to support alternative ideas to show their support while raising money for current and former members of the Armed Forces, who face difficulties, injuries or death.
This includes requesting through RBL’s website to send a poppy in the mail for distribution to neighbors, family and friends while complying with social distance guidelines.
A printable popup is available for people to download – in color or in color – that they can fix in their windows.
Supporters can also order fundraising fundraising packages online, while supporting their own “virtual” poppy runs, walks or jogs to help raise funds.
More than 15 million paper poppies will be distributed in supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi and Asda. They are also available online through RBL’s Poppy Shop website.
Cashless donation options are available through QR codes, contactless payments and text-to-donation.
To mark this year’s appeal, which runs through Armistice Day on November 11, RBL released photographic portraits of members of the Armed Forces, World War II veterans, and poppy appeal collectors.
The photos are aimed at revealing a snapshot of the life of the armed forces during the Kovid-19 epidemic.
Seymour Bill Taylor, 95, is a World War II captain from Colchester, Essex, who served as Abel Seaman in the Royal Navy.
During the D-Day landing, he boarded the HMS Emerald, a light cruiser shelling enemy positions threatening the occupied beaches.
This year, Bill spent more time at home with his daughter Janet, who was shielded during the Pandemic.
“This year has been very difficult because we can’t go out and meet friends and mark significant anniversaries,” Taylor said.
“However, I commend those who deal with this terrible virus on a daily basis. They have shown the same sense of duty that my generation did during World War II. They are the ones who are protecting our society now.
“So, while I’m not able to march to the local memorial this year to remember those we lost, I will proudly observe the silence at my doorstep and wear my poppy, which I proudly wear every year.”
A spokesman for RBL said some volunteers would be conducting street gatherings this year in accordance with local government and local government guidelines.
“The safety of the public, our staff, members and volunteers is our priority. We work with charitable regulators and local and national authorities to ensure that all activities are safe and in compliance with national and local regulations, ”she added.
The public has been asked to celebrate Memorial Sunday at home next month in the wake of the corona virus crisis, and to abstain from this year’s national memorial service at Whitehall’s tomb.
Only a limited number of people, including members of the armed forces, members of the royal family, and international leaders, are allowed to attend the service on November 8.
For the first time in the tomb’s 100-year history, the traditional 11am service will be open to the public.
Claire Rowcliffe, RBL’s fundraising director, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic undoubtedly makes the execution of the appeal more difficult, which means that our work is more important than ever.
“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the livelihoods and livelihoods of the people, and some in the armed forces are in urgent need of assistance and support.”
Every poppy changes the lives of our armed forces.
“While you may have to do something different to support the poppy appeal this year, each poppy counts, so we ask people to support us in any way you can.”