Supporting the Poppy Appeal all year round, with the Royal British Legion

Being the very proud daughter of a military man, I am no stranger to the poppy – the globally known flower {used since 1921} to commemorate military men & woman who have died in war.

I have stood proudly every year, ever since I can remember at our City centre Remembrance Day parade watching my father be one of those men to lay a Poppy wreath at the foot of the commemorative monument. 

The Poppy is something we see every year, mainly on the run up to Remembrance Sunday. The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legions biggest fundraising campaign held every year – where an army of volunteers distributes the iconic paper poppies to the nation. Donations are collected and this helps to fund & support vital work to support ex-servicemen & woman.  

Did you know that the very first Poppy appeal was held in 1921? This was the year when The Royal British Legion formed and red silk poppies – inspired by the infamous war poem In Flanders Fields, where sold. The poppies sold out instantly and the money raised {£106,000} was able to fund WW1 veterans to help them find housing & employment following the war. 

The following year a Poppy factory was set up which employed disabled ex-servicemen to create the poppies to be sold the following year during the poppy appeal. That very factory still functions to this very day, producing millions of poppies each & every year. Amazing.  

Nowadays, we not only wear the Poppy pin with pride but we can wear jumpers, carry bags, have them on jewellery and so much more. The Poppy isn’t something we can just wear with pride around November because it’s something we can wear, carry & honour with pride all year round. All thanks to the Poppy shop! 

Poppy appeal products

The Poppy shop sells an array of Poppy related products with 100% of the profits going to The Royal British Legion. You can buy exclusive Orla Kiely Poppy bags, Poppy Hoodys {there’s even a Poppy Christmas jumper!}, and you can even buy a Passchendaele Poppy label which is crafted from shell fuses fired from our soldiers who fell in the war. Making it a uniquely sombre yet touching gift. 

The Royal British Legion

Poppy jumper

Poppy necklace

Poppy Appeal necklace

There are even onesies, Christmas cards, a Spitfire collection and so much more. You can find out more about The Royal British Legion here & you can find the Poppy Shop, here

*This is a collaborative post



  1. 19/12/2017 / 3:28 PM

    It’s true, we forget about the appeal when it isn’t all over media, etc. (Me included unfortunately). It is such a good appeal and we should support it all year round. These items are lovely too.

  2. 19/12/2017 / 7:58 PM

    I must confess back home we knew nothing about the poppy until moving to the UK 15 years ago and its being part of our lives. I support the poppy appeal anyway I can and donate whenever

  3. 19/12/2017 / 10:39 PM

    I honestly didn’t know much about the history behind how the poppy factory got started. Love that there are different products and ways to support this cause now too.

  4. 19/12/2017 / 10:56 PM

    I saw someone with that bag shopping the other day and was admiring it from afar, now I can get one myself! Mich x

  5. 20/12/2017 / 6:12 PM

    I had no idea they did Christmas gifts, what a great idea!

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