Poppy Appeal Launch

Posted on: Friday 16 October 2020

The Poppy Appeal 2020 will soon be underway across the County of Gwent.

The Remembrance period is vitally important to us all, in order that we can continue to honour the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community.

On Thursday 22nd October 2020, leader of Torfaen Council and member of Pontypool British Legion, Cllr Anthony Hunt, will raise a Poppy Appeal flag outside the Civic Centre in Pontypool to declare the official opening of the 2020 Poppy Appeal across Gwent.  

Unfortunately this year, due to ongoing COVID19 pandemic and local lockdown restrictions that remain in place, there will be no public events organised to celebrate the opening of the Gwent County Poppy Appeal. 

With that in mind, there are now more ways than ever that you can support the Poppy Appeal, ensuring that your generous donations continue to help the Royal British Legion provide invaluable support to the Armed Forces community. 

Ways you can continue to support the 2020 Poppy Appeal include:

  • Visit your local Supermarket - Supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi and Asda stores as well as online retailers including Amazon and eBay, and Lloyds Bank and Santander are supporting this year’s Poppy Appeal. There are a variety of cashless donation options at each location with Morrisons and Sainsbury’s also offering people the opportunity to add a donation to their shopping bill.
  • Donate online - from 6 October, when you donate online you’ll receive a link to a printable poppy which you can print off and place in your window to show others you’re supporting the Poppy Appeal. Find out more: www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/donate 
  • Text to donate - To donate £2 text POPPY2 to 70545 | To donate £5 text POPPY5 to 70545 | To donate £10 text POPPY10 to 70545 

Leader of Torfaen Council, Councillor Anthony Hunt said, ‘With it being the first time that Torfaen has declared the official opening of the Poppy Appeal, it’s truly an honour to be raising the flag outside the Civic Centre this year.’  

‘During these uncertain times, it’s regrettable that no public event can take place to mark this occasion, however, there are online resources available and many innovative ways people can get still get involved to raise money for the Poppy Appeal this year.’

To find out more about how you can donate to this year’s Poppy Appeal, please visit the Royal British Legion website - www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/donate

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