Inspired by Lt Colonel John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields, written during the First World War, the poppy has become the symbol of Remembrance for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
This year is particularly significant as it marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War. This year we remember the sacrifice made by so many men and women during the war, and every war and conflict since.
The Scottish Poppy Appeal raises over £2 million each year.
This, and other fundraising throughout the year, enables the charity to provide life-changing and tailored support and funding the Armed Forces community. As well as providing other vital services through advice, employment, mobility, respite, housing and mental health support.
Interim Chief Executive of the Improvement Service, Sarah Gadsden, commented:
“The Improvement Service is proud to support the 2018 Scottish Poppy Appeal in this important centenary anniversary year.
“It is important to continue to support those who have served, those still serving and their families to help them receive the care and support they need.
“We have been collecting for the Poppy Appeal and are hoping to make a positive contribution to the Appeal.”
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