Falklands hero Simon Weston says the poppy 'represents so much' as be backs our campaign

FALKLANDS hero Simon Weston has urged Brits to back The Sun’s Poppy Star campaign.

Thousands of volunteers cannot collect this autumn due to the Covid crisis — meaning six million service personnel, veterans and their families could miss out on vital donations.

Show your support at rbl.org.uk/poppyappeal

Simon, severely burned when his ship was bombed by Argentine jets in 1982, said: “Without campaigns like The Sun’s we are going to see a dramatic drop in income for the British Legion.

"The poppy represents so much. It means those who did not come home are not forgotten.

“It is also a way of telling the younger generation currently in the forces that they still matter.”

Simon, 59, said a lot of Legion work goes unseen, adding: “The appeal is there to support the military family through tough times.

Howzat for huge help

THE Legion helped buy Navy veteran John McIntear a £8,500 electric wheelchair so he could umpire cricket matches.

Former aircraft handler John, 62, of Telford, Shrops, has lung cancer and said: “I don’t know where I’d be without the Legion’s support. By buying a poppy, you’re helping me stay strong and keep smiling.”

“We still need people in Afghanistan to train the army against insurgents.

“Others are doing incredible things to meet a humanitarian need.”

This year, Brits are urged to donate online or by topping up at stores on the weekly shop.

How to be a poppy star

THE pandemic may have stopped thousands of sellers from hitting the streets — but it doesn’t have to stop you from buying a poppy. MIKE RIDLEY looks at some of the ways you can do your bit for the appeal by going to:

  1. Fundraise for appeal: Move to Remember and the 11/11 Challenge are among the fundraising suggestions from the appeal itself. Free fundraising packs on the website will give the help and support you will need.
  2. Poppies in the post: Help make up for the reduced number of volunteer collectors by requesting 20 poppies free of charge from the RBL — and then giving them to friends and family yourself in return for a donation.
  3. My poppy run 2020: Run, walk or jog any distance, anywhere and at any time. Get family and friends involved to raise cash. And buy a T-shirt to run in and a medal to give to yourself afterwards!
  4. Visit the poppy shop: There is an extensive range of products from poppy pins and jewellery to clothing, stationery and homeware. All profits fund the Legion’s work in supporting the Armed Forces community.
  5. Make online donation: Alternatively, you could just visit the British Legion’s website and make a donation. You can choose a one-off payment or set up a regular amount — and no amount is too small.


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