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The Scottish Poppy Appeal is Scotland’s biggest street collection and runs until 11th November. Poppy Saturday will see collections in cities, towns and villages across the country to ensure that people can get their poppy for Remembrance Sunday and, importantly, raise vital funds to support the Armed Forces community in Scotland.
The day will be rounded off with an evening of music and reflection at the Edinburgh Field of Remembrance. Performing will be the Leuchars Military Wives Choir, Edinburgh Gay Men’s Chorus and soloist Sarah Getgood.
Poppyscotland, the charity that organises the annual campaign, uses money raised to provide vital support to the Armed Forces community in Scotland. This includes tailored funding, employment support and advice services.
The theme of the 2015 Scottish Poppy Appeal is Donate like you mean it and Poppyscotland is aiming to raise even more money to continue to deliver its life-changing services. In addition the charity has introduced a hashtag #MyPoppyMeans and is inviting members of the public to take photo or video selfies and share what the poppy means to them on social media.
A TV, radio, cinema and digital advertising campaign is underway and a host of activities are taking place, including poppy-up shops all over Scotland, Fields of Remembrance in Edinburgh and Inverness and a Heart of Scotland Tree in Edinburgh.
The campaign also sees the lighting up in poppy red of landmarks and structures across Scotland: Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, Aberdeen Marischal College, Arbroath Signal Tower Museum, Ayr Racecourse, Dundee’s Caird Hall, Edinburgh Airport Tower & plaza, Eilean Donan Castle, Falkirk Wheel, Glasgow’s SSE Hydro and Inverness Castle & Ness Bridge.
The M8 pyramids are painted with poppies and sculptor Andy Scott’s Heavy Horse at Baillieston and Equus Clutha in Greenock will both wear bespoke poppies. The Clyne War Memorial in Brora is lit up with poppy installations and poppies have been projected on to Glencoe and the Wallace Monument.
People can donate to the Scottish Poppy Appeal by putting money in the poppy tins, texting POPPY to 70800 to donate £3* or donating online at www.poppyscotland.org.uk
In 2014 the Appeal raised £2.88 million – a 9% increase on 2013.