Meet Our Poppy Appeal Collectors

Every year people from across the UK volunteer to collect for the Poppy Appeal. From all regions, walks of life and corners of the UK, meet some of those who will be supporting the Legion this year.  

“Caitlin’s mum and dad were both in the Armed Forces. Aged 16, she’s our youngest Poppy Appeal Organiser – looking after not one but two Poppy Appeal districts!”

Claudia Kelly, Community Fundraiser

Daphne has been collecting in her local Sainsbury’s for 19 years, but started aged 11 in London. The 76-year-old was presented with her 65-year service bar by the Legion after the 2016 Poppy Appeal. “I was really chuffed to be presented with the bar,” she said, “and it is very nice to be recognised.”
“I served in the Army from 1950-56. I’m 84 now and have been collecting for the Legion for 20 years, usually outside a gift shop in Port Isaac, in all weathers! In 2015 I collected more than £800; last year, I reached £2,196.”
“My mother is President of the county’s Women’s Section, she’s been involved with the Legion for well over 50 years. My sister and I have collected with her since we were small; nowadays my 17-year-old daughter completes the family set! The Legion is in our blood and we hope to continue with this legacy.”

Jo Ticehurst, Community Fundraising Manager East

“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association has been proudly supporting the Legion for 10 years, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for this worthwhile cause. It is our obligation as Muslims to serve those in need and stay loyal to our country.”

Abdul Lodhi, Director, Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association

Khusiman, a retired Gurkha Major and military marksmanship Queen’s Medal winner at Bisley, helps the local branch to sell poppies every year, alongside other members of the Gurkha veteran Basingstoke Nepalese Community.
“It’s a small school that lost their Poppy Appeal Organiser, but decided they would make sure the village had a supply of poppies – so the children run the appeal themselves. It’s a great initiative for rural areas.”

Helen Mason, Community Fundraiser

“I joined the Legion four years ago – my family has a military history – and I’ve been collecting since then. I suffer from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, but I am passionate about the Poppy Appeal and that helps me fight through the pain.”

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Rethink Remembrance

The Royal British Legion is asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present.


By wearing a poppy, you aren’t just remembering the fallen: you’re supporting a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support.

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