The Poppy Appeal in Stamford
The Poppy Appeal in Stamford
We need and use every penny we can get to carry out our welfare objectives; fundraising is therefore a primary function of the Legion and why we need to exert all our efforts during each Poppy Appeal. This includes running the annual Poppy Appeal in Stamford. The two-week Poppy period also encompasses 'Remembrance', culminating in the Two-Minute Silence at 11am on 11 November, Armistice Day.
In the year 2018/9 we have collected £57,087.96 from the generous people of Stamford and this year, and we hope that this figure will eventually exceed £57,500 by the year end, 30 September 2019. We use this money, through a national and county network of volunteers and staff, to identify and deal with cases of need. Our ‘Welfare’ page sets out many of the services and benefits we provide with the money we raiase each year.
There is literally a fund of goodwill in Stamford to be tapped but we need help to collect it. We concentrate our efforts now on collecting in the supermarkets which are of course dry, Here you can not only contribute to a wonderful cause, but also meet all your friends as they pass by, and listen as people tell you stories of their or their parents experiences of WWII or military service.
So, if you can spare a couple of hours, do please contact our Branch Secretary, Pat Savory. We need all kind of volunteers - door-to-door collectors, street collectors, and especially collectors in supermarkets. Always remember - the next welfare case to call The Royal British Legion might be yours.
Each year the Legion's Poppy Factory produces over 30 million Poppies, thousands of Wreaths and Remembrance Crosses. The increasing demand each year reflects the overwhelming public support for the Poppy Appeal. The two-week Poppy period also encompasses 'Remembrance', culminating in the Two-Minute Silence at 11am on 11 November, Armistice Day.
Distributing the collection boxes down the High Street
Poppy Appeal Party
Each year, after all the rigours of the Poppy Appeal, Stamford Branch organises a Poppy Appeal Party as a ‘Thank you’ to all their collectors for all their efforts and, hopefully, another successful Poppy Appeal. The most important part of the Party is the presentation of Branch Poppy Appeal Certificates to those helpers who have gone that extra mile that year – individuals and groups, shops, schools, pubs, businesses etc who have each collected more than £100 for the Branch Poppy Appeal.
Peterborough 5 x 5 Challenge
Peterborough 5 x 5 Challenge are a group of seven retired runners, cyclists and swimmers who get together to raise funds for charity. In 2013 and 2014 they chose the Pooppy Appeal in Stamford to receive the majority of the funds they raised. Their first event was a ‘Remembrance’ 11km off-road race at Top Lodge near Stamford on 10 November 2013, durrng which they raised £1700. The following year they raised even more – well over £3000 for the Poppy Appeal.
Here, Terry Murphy, their Challenge Organiser, and a colleague present their cheque for £3000 at the Branch Poppy Appeal Party afterwards.
We introduce you all to Clare Morley. Over the past three years Clare has run four major national Marathons, including the London, the Great Northern Run and the Manchester during which she has raised over £5,500 for the Royal British Legion, including the Poppy Appeal in Stamford. Clare also helps with the Stamford Poppy Appeal in Waitrose along with her friend Helen
Thank you Clare for all that you do. It is very much appreciated!
Stamford Sewing Centre
The Deputy Mayor of Stamford, Breda-Rae Griffin presents a Certificate to Linda Mills of the Stamford sewing Centre for raising £716.29.