Bristol Poppy Appeal: how your city centre business can help

Poppy Appeal

This year’s remembrance day will be especially poignant, as 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I.

The Royal British Legion is appealing for businesses and organisations to support its annual Bristol Poppy Appeal. There are several ways you can help.

On College Green the poppies blow…

To commemorate the end of WWI, The Royal British Legion is working with Bristol Cathedral to create a fitting tribute. As part of an art installation Poppies will be ‘planted’ on College Green, over time developing into a beautiful and poignant display.

The Bristol Poppy Appeal will be launched at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 27 October. During the two weeks of remembrance they will be asking people for a small donation to dedicate one of their special poppies to someone they want to remember, or to say ‘thank you’ to the First World War generation who sacrificed so much for our future.

The Royal British Legion are appealing for volunteers to help them, or a local businesses or organisation to need volunteers to support them with the development of this high profile project.

The Bristol Festival of Remembrance

The Royal British Legion is seeking sponsors for a special Festival of Remembrance taking place at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 10 November.

The event takes place on the eve of the centenary of the end of WWI and will bring together musical talent from across the region to present a poignant tribute. The first half will see a performance from local children, with the the second part of the evening featuring a performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers by the 100 members of Lucis and Noctis Choirs and the Southern Sinfonia Orchestra. Directed by Francis Faux, the piece is dedicated to all of those who have lost their lives during armed conflict.

Dignitaries, military personnel, standard bearers, and veterans will join members of the public for this centre-piece of the south west’s commemorations. The event will raise money for The Poppy Appeal, which supports members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their beneficiaries.

The guest speaker will be the distinguished humanitarian and author, Terry Waite CBE.

Tickets are available from the following links:

There are a number of opportunities to support this event, either as a sponsor or by advertising in the programme. Sponsors and advertisers will receive privileged concert tickets, with complimentary drinks will be served in the interval.

It is also possible for individuals to support the concert on a more personal level by becoming patrons.

Encourage your staff to volunteer

Corporate volunteering (sometimes called employee volunteering) is a really simple and effective way for businesses to contribute to the community.

Research shows volunteering boosts morale, development, and improves staff retention. It provides:

  • a unique team building activity
  • a fantastic way to engage with your local community
  • a different way to develop employee skills and motivation
  • a great story to tell your employees, customers and suppliers
  • the chance to be part of something that enables us to make a real difference to the lives of service personnel, veterans, and their families

The Royal British Legion can allocate you a high footfall area where your staff can run their own Poppy Appeal using the charity’s merchandise for a day, a week, or the whole Remembrance period. It’s a fantastic opportunity for team building!

Or, maybe you would like to help them deliver poppy collection pots and poppies; or help to count and register the amounts raised from each poppy pot.

Whatever you might be interested in, The Royal British Legion would welcome your support.

Further information

For further information or to discuss any opportunities to get involved, please contact Sue Potepa by email at spotepa@britishlegion.org.uk or telephone 07768 794939.

What the money raised by The Poppy Appeal is used for

The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support to all  members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their beneficiaries.

They can provide support to serving and ex-service personnel and their dependants who are suffering financially. They are also there for those who need urgent assistance to get through a temporary crisis, such as homelessness.

Finding a job can be one of the hardest parts of leaving the Armed Forces. The Legion can support ex Service Personnel to receive funding for additional training or education.

Their Immediate Needs Grants Scheme helps thousands of people through emergencies by providing small hardship grants.

They have four Break Centres located in prime locations around the country for personnel and veterans and their families recovering from an illness, bereavement or other life-affecting event and for their family breaks, they also work with Parkdean and Haven Holiday Parks for holidays. The Legion also provides Adventure Breaks, where young people of service families can have a fun and activity-packed week away from home, while receiving support with the problems they sometimes face with having a parent in the Armed Forces.

Disabled Facilities Grants are available to fund adaptations to a disabled person’s home that enables them to live independently and comfortably.

The Legion’s handy van service, Poppy Calls, helps ex-service people and their families with small household repairs and minor adaptations if they are having problems.

The Legion can install care phones free of charge to service and ex- service personnel for them to use in case of emergency.

They may be able to provide an electrically powered mobility vehicle, scooter, or buggy.

The Legion has six care homes to provide short and long term care for serving and ex-service people and their dependants. Situated around the country, they offer a wide range of services including four with specialist dementia care.

You can find more information at: britishlegion.org.uk/