Edinburgh Poppy Day

29th October 2015 Fraser Bedwell

Volunteers armed with collection buckets and poppies were out in force from 7am to 7pm to raise vital funds for the 2015 Scottish Poppy Appeal.

Commuters and shoppers were invited to make donations and enjoyed entertainment from a pipe band, Elite Pro dancers, a display of military vehicles and a bespoke poppy bike.

Collections also took place at the major transport hubs: Edinburgh Airport and the three railway stations – Waverley, Haymarket and Edinburgh Park. To mark the opening of the new James Bond film Spectre, at Fountain Park a fundraising event took place, with a display of luxury cars by the Aston Martin Owners Club and motorbikes by Poppyscotland supporter group War Torn Troops Remembered.

Haymarket Station also housed a special selfie booth for the day where people were invited to share what the poppy means to them, using the hashtag #MyPoppyMeans

Poppyscotland has partnered with ScotRail to bring selfie booths to six stations over six days to enable the public to share video and picture selfies on social media, either by using their own descriptions or choosing from a selection of prepared key words. The images and videos will then be shared on Poppyscotland’s website. People will be encouraged to make a donation to the Scottish Poppy Appeal either by text, going online or putting money in a poppy tin. On Friday 30th October the selfie booth will be at Edinburgh Waverley Station.

The theme of the 2015 Scottish Poppy Appeal is Donate like you mean it and Poppyscotland is aiming to raise as much money as possible so it can continue to support those in the Armed Forces community who need it most.

Poppyscotland’s Head of Fundraising Colin Flinn said: “Edinburgh Poppy Day is a key focus for the Scottish Poppy Appeal. We rely on public donations and it’s thanks to local people getting behind the Appeal that we can continue to deliver local life-changing services. The money raised by people in Edinburgh will make a huge difference and I hope that for the duration of the Appeal, people will continue to donate like they mean it so that we can raise even more money to continue our life-changing work.”

People can support the 2015 Appeal by taking a video or photo selfie using the hashtag #MyPoppyMeans and sharing on social media then donating like they mean it by putting money in the poppy tins, texting POPPY to 70800 to give £3* or going online at www.poppyscotland.org.uk