Women behind the Poppy

We have inspirational women behind everything we do; our poppies, our volunteers, our fundraisers and the families we help.

In support of International Women’s Day, we would like to recognise the huge contribution that women have made within the Armed Forces community and to our charity. Without them, we would not be able to provide vital support to more than 10,000 people a year.

Meet some of the inspirational women behind Poppyscotland

Lady Haig crop

Behind our Poppy factory

Lady Haig opened a Poppy Factory in 1926 as a way to raise money to support the welfare of veterans in Scotland left destitute in the aftermath of WWI and still employs 34 disabled veterans who hand-produce 5 million poppies for our annual Scottish Poppy Appeal.

Christine Evans crop

Behind our volunteers

Christine Evans is a shining example of the commitment and support we get from our volunteers, devoting a huge amount of time and effort to organising collections in Dunfermline.

She is one of our 500 Area Organisers who help organise around 10,000 collectors during the Scottish Poppy Appeal.

Snowy Climb 2

Behind our fundraising

Wendy Sylvester is one of our fundraising superstars. She climbed numerous snowy peaks around the Highlands in preparation for the Bergen Marathon that she ran for us in 2018. She smashed her target of £1,918 raising an incredible £2,242.55.

Maisie family

Behind the families we help

Stephanie Reid’s husband, Stewart, was in the Army. Their daughter Maisie has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and requires constant care, which Stephanie provides. We were delighted to help the Reid family with funding for a specially adapted bathroom.

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We are still on the lookout for volunteers – female and male – to help out in a number of the locations listed above. If you can spare a couple of hours this week please contact:

Jodie Whitham, Poppyscotland Regional Fundraiser (East), on 0131 550 1579, or 07458 064 770, or at J.Whitham@poppyscotland.org.uk.



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