Virtual Poppy Day

October 27 2020

REMEMBRANCE Sunday will be marked in a slightly different way in our area this year, as a result of the pandemic restrictions.

A spokesman for the Kingswood and Hanham Branch of the Royal British Legion told the Voice: “Due to Covid-19, there will be no march-past by veterans or a wreath-laying service in Kingswood this year. Individuals may, if they wish lay wreaths at Holy Trinity Church Kingswood, but please observe the government’s social distancing guidelines.”

The 2020 Poppy Appeal launched in Bristol on October 22, and this year the Royal British Legion is asking everyone to back the appeal in a new way.

The public are being asked to show their support remotely in line with Covid-19 restrictions by ordering poppies through the post for their neighbours and local community, printing a poppy and displaying it in their window, or undertaking a virtual Poppy Run.

Esther Denton, community fundraiser for Bristol and South Gloucestershire for The Royal British Legion, said: “Like so many things this year, the appeal has to adapt to the threat of Covid-19 and we are asking the public to support us like never before, because every poppy counts. Whilst the pandemic has impacted the ways in which we deliver the Poppy Appeal in Bristol, our community of staff, volunteers, partners and suppliers have been working together to ensure that the 2020 Poppy Appeal is able to go ahead and we can all take part in Remembrance activity.

For fundraising ideas for this year’s appeal, visit: www.rbl.org.uk/poppyappealor email: edenton@britishlegion.org.uk