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RAF personnel attend Royal British Legion City Poppy Days

Personnel stand in a train station with Poppy bucket collections.
RAF personnel from RAF Cosford at the Birmingham Poppy Day.

The Annual Poppy Appeal launched in October and since then RAF personnel have been attending the Royal British Legion’s City Poppy Days around the UK to raise funds for the charity.

This year’s first City Poppy Days were held in Birmingham and Leeds with RAF personnel in attendance alongside Royal British Legion volunteers and colleagues from the Royal Navy and British Army in the cities.

Personnel stand by Christmas trees in a shopping centre, with Poppy bucket collections.
RAF personnel at the Leeds Poppy Day.

Royal British Legion collectors have enjoyed being back on the streets after COVID-19 restrictions limited public engagements last year with the campaign theme, Every Poppy Counts, returning as well as services due to take place across the country before the annual National Service of Remembrance, at The Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday, providing the nation with a physical reminder of all those that have served and sacrificed, with British and Commonwealth soldiers, sailors, airmen and women represented, together with members of the emergency services and civilians, ensuring that no-one is forgotten.

Personnel stand outside with Poppy bucket collections.
Armed Forces personnel at the Cardiff Poppy Day.

City Poppy Days also took place in Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol, and London, with Armed Forces personnel being joined by famous faces including Ross Kemp in the Nation’s capital.

Personnel stand in a train station with Poppy bucket collections and Ross Kemp.
Armed Forces personnel with celebrity Ross Kemp at the London Poppy Day.

Now in its 15th year, London Poppy Day is the biggest cash street collection of its kind in Europe. Last year the event had to be scaled back due to COVID-19 restrictions. In 2021, the Royal British Legion is celebrating nearly 2,000 collectors coming back out to raise vital funds to support members of the Armed Forces community.

Personnel stand in a shopping centre with Poppy bucket collections and Ross Kemp.
RAF personnel at the London Poppy Day.

The Royal British Legion, who are celebrating their centenary this year, is the UK's largest charity dedicated to supporting the needs of the Armed Forces community, past and present and their families.

Personnel with Poppy bucket collections, while talking to public.
RAF personnel from RAF Cosford at the Birmingham Poppy Day.

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