The Poppy Appeal in Dawlish
Poppy Appeal 2020
Covid-19 has impacted all of our lives and businesses throughout the year, as such it is affecting the ways in which we will be conducting the Poppy Appeal.
The Royal British Legion have been working hard, looking at alternative ways to bring the appeal to everybody; for the first time a downloadable poppy has been developed so that families, businesses and those unable to take part in the Appeal in the usual way can still donated and show their support by displaying a poster in their windows, this is part of this year’s campaign “Every Poppy Counts”.
The Royal British Legion are also introducing ‘Poppies in the Post’ so that people can help us distribute poppies to families, bubbles and those who are unable to meet safely outdoors. In order for people to do this they can now order twenty poppies free of charge from the Royal British Legion website.
Directly relating to Dawlish, this year there will unfortunately be no collecting at Sainsburys (Exeter Road) and street collecting will not be taking place in its normal manner. Instead we will be holding a stall where a no contact approach is taken to maintain social distancing. This will be subject to the availability of willing volunteers and weather dependant.
However, on the flip side, like normal, there are collecting tins and poppies in local shops, café’s, restaurants, take-away’s, pubs etc throughout Dawlish. Also, something new for this year, and in partnership with Dawlish Town Council, we hope to fill the centre of Dawlish with poppies. Our aim is to cover the bottom railing of the bowling green on the Lawn (at the back of the bandstand) with knitted or crocheted poppies from 1st to 14th November. Thank you to Dawlish Bowling Club who have given us kind permission to do so. If you wish to purchase a knitted poppy there are a limited amount inside The Shoe Centre, The Strand available for sale.
You can get your 2020 poppy pin and a commemorative 75-year VE pin from the Royal British Legion Club, Park Road.