Royal British Legion - Okehampton Branch

Okehampton Branch

Poppy Appeal

Each year the nation expresses its unequivocal support for our work through its generous support of the Poppy Appeal raising almost £25 million which goes towards our vital welfare work.

The first official Legion Poppy Day was held in Britain on 11 November 1921, inspired by the poem In Flanders’ Fields written by John McCrae. Since then the Poppy Appeal has been a key annual event in the nation’s calendar.

Poppy Banners Okehampton

Our work in collecting is co-ordinated by our Poppy Appeal organiser who is constantly looking for ‘Poppy People’ who can assist in raising funds especially during the build up to November 11th each year.

BIG BREAKFAST 9th November 2013

Thanks to the valuable help of cadets from Okehampton's Air Training Corps and Army Cadet Force, together with volunteers, the Big Breakfast on 9 November was a resounding success. However, that success could not have been achieved had it not been for the generosity of local businesses. They provided the ingredients and very attractive prizes for the Raffle. The Okehampton Branch of the Royal British Legion is extremely grateful to everyone who helped to make this event thoroughly worthwhile


Poppy Poem

Many local businesses support the Appeal each year by taking in a box of poppies and a collecting tin – their support is invaluable and very much appreciated – and you don’t have to go far in the Okehampton area to find a Poppy. They also support us by ordering a wreath. Almost 50 wreaths were displayed in The Post Office windows this year, thus giving the Poppy Appeal high public profile.

A wreath can be supplied with the organisation’s own logo or name reproduced on the centrepiece. Please give the Poppy Appeal Organizer (PAO) details by end of June (preferably with a logo in jpg format or similar). Individual wreaths can then delivered in time for Remembrance. It is expected that a wreath will be ordered for at least three years in order to recoup some of the set-up charges. To avoid VAT, the Royal British Legion does not quote a price for wreaths. Instead, they are made available in return for a voluntary donation (e.g. £1.50–£2.00 over and above the production and delivery costs).

As a charity we are totally reliant on the nation’s generosity to be able to carry out our work. If you feel you can help in any way please contact us.

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