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Published: 11/08/2010 12:46 

Poppy Appeal 

An image of a poppy

Want to get involved collecting for the poppy appeal this year? If you do then we want to hear from you, there will be two saturdays (dates tbc) before Remembrance Day, when you can come and help collect for the poppy appeal. 

If you want to get involved then get in touch with Elizabeth Annett or 07775536714 and she will get you signed up. Last year students collected money at the Gloucester Quays shopping outlet centre, and one student won a prize of the chance to go for a parachute jump.  More details about this year will follow shortly, but do get in touch.

Each year across all four campuses we hold a Remembrance Day event, on the 11th November at 11am for an opportunity to pay your respect.  Remembrance transcends all boundaries. It is a rare moment when the nation can stand together and reflect on the price of freedom. That price is still being paid. More than 12,000 British Servicemen and women have been killed or injured on active service since 1945.

The money collected goes to make a difference to the lives of service men and women around the country as a result the British Legion offer the following:

 Thanks to our supporters, we are able to provide the folllowing essential services.

Poppy Funds : We can provide funds in a temporary crisis, such as homelessness, or assist with loans for property repairs and starting up a small business.

Poppy Advice: We can offer advice on War Pensions, Compensation Claims and also give Careers advice for those leaving the Forces. There is also a brand new scheme called Benefits and Money Advice which works closely with Citizens Advice and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund to offer advice and assistance on dealing with welfare benefits and debt issues.

Poppy Homes: A major part of our welfare work is to provide short and long-term care for ex-Service people and their dependants in our seven Poppy Homes around the country.

Poppy Breaks: We have four Poppy Break Centres for those recovering from an illness or bereavement, located in some of the country's most popular, traditional seaside resorts.

Poppy Travel: We offer pilgrimages and tours to war cemeteries, memorials and battlefields worldwide, with each designed as a relaxing and informative holiday.

Poppy People: Volunteers are vital to our organisation - you can join us as a Poppy Collector, or as a Caseworker, providing emotional support and practical assistance in the local community.  We are also looking for more Hospital and Housebound Visitors.

Poppy Calls: This is a handyman service designed to offer help within the home for awkward jobs such as minor repairs or fitting essential devices.


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