Cumbria Poppy Appeal
As they prepare to launch this year’s Poppy Appeal, Cumbria Royal British Legion are celebrating a record-breaking success.
Last month, Cumbria Poppy Appeal broke their all time record. The 2016 – 2017 Poppy Appeal, which launched last October with the inaugural Poppy Bus, has raised a total of £490,000. The figure is not only an all time high for the Cumbria County Poppy Appeal, but an amount worthy of considerable celebration, particularly given the smaller population levels of rural areas such as Cumbria.
As this year’s Poppy Appeal prepares to launch later this month, the team are aiming even higher and volunteers will take to the streets across Cumbria between 28 October and 11 November to make sure those delicate poppies are available in every hamlet, village and town across the county.
Following the success of last year’s popular Poppy Bus, this year Cumbria Poppy Appeal have taken a slightly different approach. Earlier in the year, the charity orchestrated a project with students from the Lakes School in Windermere, along with Impact International & James Cropper. A group of Year 7 students were given the task of designing and building a structure to display poppies during the Poppy Appeal in a public place.
The competition saw an extremely creative response from students and several impressive structures built. The winner, however, was a Poppy Archway which will be covered with over 300 paper poppies, placed along its arches and messages of remembrance pinned to the inside.
As well as a professionally created archway in several high profile public places, the winning structure is set to be replicated in towns and villages across the region, with organisations recreating their own Poppy Archways to commemorate the event.
Community Fundraiser for Cumbria and the Isle of Man, Judith Reay said: “We look forward to seeing the winning structure, the Poppy Archway, replicated in towns & villages throughout Cumbria, Isle of Man & beyond in November. We would like as many communities around the region to take inspiration from this project & recreate their own Poppy Archway.”
Judith continued: “We ask if your community builds their own archway that you send us a photograph so that we can highlight the scale of the project across the region.”
The 2017 Appeal launch will centre around the first poppy being attached to the Lakes School Archway on Friday 27 October.
Carlisle City Poppy Day
The celebrations continue in Carlisle, with the announcement of the city’s first Poppy Day.
After the success of City Poppy Days throughout the country, the Carlisle Poppy Day will be held on Thursday 2 November.
Cumbria Poppy Appeal are inviting local businesses and organisations to take part in an abseil down the Carlisle Civic Centre in a bid to raise the profile of the Poppy Appeal. As well as being highly entertaining, the event will highlight how important the support and contribution from the Carlisle Business Community is for the Royal British Legion.
During the day, military personnel and volunteers will carry out collections at businesses throughout the city and the surrounding areas.
Judith explained: “We need as much help as possible to place collectors at key locations in the city centre throughout the day, if you are available to help, please contact us as soon as possible.
She added: “This is a brilliant opportunity to promote RBL & the Poppy Appeal. It promises to be a great day and we look forward to seeing the public support on the day.”
To volunteer and for more information about Cumbria Poppy Appeal contact Judith on 07917581077