Remembrance Sunday and the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal may be a bit different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but our stores have still been doing all they can to support this fantastic cause.
We'd like to thank all customers and colleagues who've supported the collectors in our stores prior to the second national lockdown in England being introduced and to those who've donated at our unmanned collections points too.
At our Reddish store our community champion Laura Biddulph, pictured above, said it was such a privilege to support the Poppy Appeal.
She said: "I'd like to say a huge thank you to my generous customers and colleagues. To my local community please call in store here at Reddish and make a donation for a poppy."
Our Boston store's community champion Stephen Bromby sent in this photo, above, of our colleague Kelly Limbert supporting the Poppy Appeal. He said: "Despite the fact that our local Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal volunteers will not be collecting in our store this year we're still very keen to support this fantastic charity and can offer our customers poppies from our kiosk and customer service desk. We've already requested additional stock to cope with the anticipated increase in demand with many other retailers being required to close."
Daniel Roberts, community champion at our Stafford store, shared this photo, above, of himself with Royal British Legion volunteers in store before the second lockdown was implemented. He said: "Our local community has a large military family with Stafford MOD being within walking distance from our store and the generosity from our customers and colleagues showing support to this year's appeal has once again been amazing."
Our St Austell store's community champion Emma Riley sent in this photo, above, of Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal collectors in our foyer while Angela Leighton from our Crewe store shared this picture, below, of volunteers in store prior to the lockdown and said: "Please wear you poppy with pride!"
Veterans’ Commissioner for Northern Ireland Danny Kinahan tweeted this picture of collectors supporting this year's appeal at our Ballyclare store:
Wonderful to see Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Asda Ballyclare.Please everyone give generously this Remembrance .. I know everyone is struggling but these Charities are the key to helping Veterans from all corners of society. RBL at Asda store Ballyclare 10 to 4 daily. pic.twitter.com/Vhc5o295Hl— Danny Kinahan (@DdeBK) October 29, 2020
And Washington and Sunderland MP Sharon Hodgson tweeted this picture of her joining collectors at our Washington store:
I was delighted to join the Poppy Appeal stall in ASDA at the Galleries today to help Malcolm & volunteers sell poppies.— Sharon Hodgson MP (@SharonHodgsonMP) October 26, 2020
The Poppy Appeal is a bit different this year but you can still get involved and show your support https://t.co/icG6pbwTVQ@PoppyLegion @ShadowDefence pic.twitter.com/FMPJQ1Ahdt
At our Frome store, community champion Jackie Bryant said she was "proud and honoured" to see the volunteers from Frome British Legion in store saying: "Thank you to Richard and his team for all their hard work."
At our Swindon Haydon store colleagues held a cake sale, a raffle and some even have knitted poppies to sell in the canteen. A special Poppy display was also created in store. Community champion Jane Atkin, who shared this photo, below, said: "We are all still showing our support for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal which supports all our brave service men and women."
Teresa Davidson, community champion at our Stoke Park Ipswich store, shared this photo, below, of Armed Forces veteran Alan helping launch our Poppy Appeal. She said: "Alan has been organising the collections for the Royal British Legion at our store since we opened 11 years ago and our customers and colleagues have contributed over £51,000 to this great cause over the years. Alan arrived in full Royal Standard Bearer regalia to honour our store and to thank us for our display."
And our Sittingbourne store's community champion Claire Fosbeary shared this photo below, of Norman from the Royal British Legion who had been in store over the last few weeks prior to lockdown.
She said: "Our customers have always been very supportive of the Royal British Legion. Pop down and support this amazing charity and wear your poppy with pride."
Colleagues at our Bolton stores have been knitting poppies to support the Poppy Appeal: