L to R Council Leader, Cllr Kevin Guy and Poppy Appeal Co-ordinator Pearl Shaw.
Organisers of this year’s Bath Poppy Appeal have been searching for a centrally-located shop where volunteers can pick up poppies and drop off donations and the good news is B&NES has offered them a base in Walcot Street for the duration of their street-collection campaign.
This year the event will mark 100 years since the nation’s collective Remembrance traditions were first brought together: the poppy, two-minute silence, Armistice Day, the service for the Unknown Warrior and the march-past at the Cenotaph in London.
The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign, which is held every year in November during the period of Remembrance.
Councillor Kevin Guy, leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council said: “I’m glad that we were able to respond quickly and accommodate the Bath Poppy Appeal. As an ex-serviceman and the council’s Armed Forces Champion, I know how important this campaign is to the Royal British Legion in raising vital funds for the Armed Forces community. The collectors have been at the heart of the Poppy Appeal for 100 years and after two years it will be good to see them back out on the streets of Bath selling poppies. The money they collect will continue to support people in urgent need of help.”
Poppy Appeal co-ordinator, Pearl Shaw, said: “I am over the moon at being offered the property at 27 Walcot Street and I wish to thank everyone who so kindly pulled out all the stops to support the Bath Poppy Appeal. This year is the centenary of the organisation and if it were not for people’s generosity, we could not be there to support service personnel and their families.”
This year’s Poppy Appeal will be launched on Thursday October 28. Remembrance Sunday will be on Sunday November 14.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help the Bath Poppy Appeal can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0774 982 4431.