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Poppy mad in Peterborough

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Hello again,

It always makes me smile when I hear about all the great things people across the UK are doing to support the Poppy Appeal this year.

Take George and Catherine Bennett for example. The joint organisers of Peterbourgh's Appeal oversee a team of volunteer drivers that spend hours delivering collection boxes to shops, schools and other organisations. Today George and Catherine set up camp in the city centre to prepare for an eight day stay during which they plan to hand out poppies to people that pass.
In 2007 this team managed to help raise a record-breaking £70,000 and have high hopes to smash that figure this year.

Catherine, who's also welfare secretary for the Royal British Legion, told me:
"One of the enjoyable parts for me is seeing where the money goes. The money is all spent on the welfare of ex-servicemen, women and those serving today. I tell them that they did a lot for this country, so now it's time for them to get something back."

Thanks guys!

Poppy Man

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3rd Nov 2008, 16:40   | tags:,comments (0)

A spot of auctioning for the Poppy Appeal

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Has anyone heard about the special Poppy Appeal brooches that are up for auction? Dame Helen Mirren wore a stunning 18ct rose and white gold poppy brooch on the BBC’s One Show last month - in a bid to raise awareness of this year's Appeal. Well, that eye-catching piece, as well as other poppy-themed jewellery worn by Dame Judi Dench, Geri Halliwell, Fern Britton and Katherine Jenkins, will be available for you to bid for online until Wednesday, so make sure you take a look quick! I've been assured that the lucky winners will all receive their sparkly goods before Remembrance Sunday on the 9th, and it's easy to justify snapping one up when it's for such a good cause!

I'd love to know if anyone goes for any of them! :)

Poppy Man

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All Souls Day

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How was everyone's weekend? A friend of mine on Facebook drew my attention to Royal Mail's new commemorative stamp - it marks 90 years since the end of the First World War.
The design they've picked features a poppy (good choice!) and if you look closely you can also see the face of an unknown soldier who died in the fields of Belgium in 1918. I think it's a fantastic tribute to the sacrifices our armed forces make and will sit quite nicely on your envelopes! You can get hold of one from Thursday this week.

There's just time to let you know about the Garden of Remembrance Service that's taking place at St Paul's Churchyard this morning at 11am. If you've never been to this annual event you won't want to miss it - crosses will be planted by the Lord Mayor, the Masters of Livery Companies, representatives from the institutions of the City, and the Armed Forces, as well as the City Police, Fire and Ambulance Services. There'll be some lovely music too!

Poppy Man

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Heroes have the X Factor

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Hi again,

I’ve just heard some fantastic news...‘Hero’, the single released by the finalists of the X Factor (it’s my favourite show) is set to reach number one, and not just that, but it’s also destined to be the fastest selling single of the year! I’m so excited because proceeds from the single goes to both the Royal British Legion and to Help for Heroes, a charity that provides support for wounded servicemen and women. I don’t know about you, but I think the song is pretty fitting!

Even Gordon Brown has pledged his support for the track, saying: "I thought it was really impressive that the first thing that these stars from X Factor have done with their fame is to make this record to help our injured soldiers and their families.” He’s reportedly bought a copy for his wife Sarah! Well, if it’s good enough for the Prime Minister….

If you can, do get your hands on a copy (once you’ve got your poppy, of course!)- to download the track just click here!

Have great weekends everyone :)

Poppy Man

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And here we are!

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Did anyone here make it to our musical Waterloo event this afternoon? Here are some snaps to cast your eye over if you didn't!

Many thanks to the lovely Hayley Westenra and Jonathan Ansell for helping out and spreading the Poppy Appeal word :)

Poppy Man

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Look at me now!

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Oh my goodness, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw these pictures....Look how I've grown! :O This 6 metre giant has been installed at Heathrow Airport's Terminal, and it (or should I say I?) certainly stands out! It's all quite embarrassing, but if the Poppy Appeal team think it will bring a smile to traveller's faces, who am I to disagree? :)

Poppy Man

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Help your local collectors....and some special pics

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Good morning everyone,

You know, for all the support the Poppy Appeal receives each year (and it is a lot!), the number of fundraisers on streets is sadly going down. This is because the Royal British Legion veterans are finding it harder and harder to find younger people to fill their shoes and continue their efforts, and this is a massive shame! Less fundraisers on streets means that there aren't as many opportunities to get hold of a poppy and let people know what the Appeal is all about.
If you think that you could give a couple hours of your time to help us out and raise some funds for a fantastic cause, have a wander over to
our website or give the British Legion a ring on 0800 085 5924. Thanks!

In the meantime, take a look at some of these great pictures! They're from the Quantum of Solace Bond premiere in London's Leicester Square.
I didn't get to go along (I didn't have anything to wear), but 200 of my veteran and Armed Forces friends did! Princes William and Harry spent a very long time on the red carpet meeting them all, and wanted the crowd to show their support for the premiere's two charities - the Royal British Legion and Help The Heroes. William and Harry pointed out that even though the film is about a British action hero, money raised will be going to our country's real heroes who put their lives in the line of fire day in, day out. You can watch a quick clip of them in action here!

Poppy Man

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Britain's last Tommy.....and Hayley Westenra :D

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Hello again,

I just had to share some news about the Poppy Appeal launch in Avonmouth. Events were kicked off by veteran Harry Patch, who is, incredibly, Britain's very last Tommy. Harry, who's 110 years old (hope he doesn't mind me saying so!) is the last survivor of trench warfare on the Western Front in the First World War. He joined Falklands War veteran Simon Weston on board the HMS Somerset for a remembrance service.

Harry said something after the event which I really wanted to put up here: "It's important that we remember the war dead on both sides of the line. The Germans suffered the same as we did. I don't feel that I am anything special. They all ought to have been here today. It was not worth it. It was not worth one life, let alone all the millions".

If you were there you would have witnessed the amazing flypast of the Army Air Corps Historic Aircraft flight - they dropped hundreds of poppies all over the water and onto the ship!

And I've got something exciting to tell you....I'm all set to meet up with my friend Hayley Westenra again! You may have read one of my earlier posts where I described Hayley's performance in Basra earlier this month. Well, she's so keen to show her support for the Poppy Appeal that she's going to come along to Waterloo Station in London tomorrow, and together with Jonathan Ansell (he used to be in G4) she's going to sing as she sells poppies! I'm going to go along and see how they do :)

It kicks off at 1pm - see you there!

Poppy Man

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