Defence Ministers joined nearly 1,000 members of serving Armed Forces personnel and veterans to raise money for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal on London Poppy Day at London’s Mainline Railway, Thameslink and Underground Stations today selling poppies to try to raise one million pounds in a single day for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Commuters and visitors to the capital have been met with smiles and jovial banter from military, young and old, as they have arrived at the transport hubs to begin their day. With activity from Paddington to Canary Wharf, from King’s Cross to Charing Cross, the warmth of our service personnel has been accompanied by world class music performances from 11 world class military bands across the capital.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace visited The Tower of London, where he joined members of the Tower Guard and the Yeoman Warders in selling poppies to visitors and passers-by.
Defence Ministers Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Johnny Mercer joined The Band of the Grenadier Guards and personnel from 32 Regiment Royal Artillery at Waterloo station to collect donations from commuters.
Baroness Goldie, the Defence Minister in the House of Lords, joined The Royal Tank Regiment’s Pipes and Drums and personnel from 12 Regiment Royal Artillery to sell poppies at Charing Cross station.
“The Armed Forces are proud to support The Royal British Legion by selling poppies on high streets across the United Kingdom. The Poppy Appeal allows us to raise money for the Legion while remembering all those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. It shows the indelible link between the Armed Forces and the communities they serve.”
The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal raises money to support service personnel, veterans and their families. The Legion has over 40,000 volunteers to sell poppies and raise money across the United Kingdom during the Poppy Appeal.