This time last year we invited schoolchildren across Scotland to take part in our Letters Home competition.
They were asked to write their own letter home as if they were a soldier fighting in the Battle of the Somme describing life in a trench and their thoughts on war, while considering the effect these words would have on their families. We were delighted to receive more than 1,000 entries from 46 schools.
Congratulations to our winners Rowan Harbottle, a Primary 5 pupil at Portpatrick Primary School, in Dumfries & Galloway, and Finlay Waddell, a third year pupil at Aberdeen Grammar School. You can read their winning letters by clicking here.
Meet the team planning on turning Aberdeen red
Following our successful Poppy Day in Edinburgh, we’re excited to hold our first Poppy Day in Aberdeen. Frances Beveridge, Regional Fundraiser North, and Kate Jenkins, Volunteer Support Co-ordinator, will be instrumental in making it happen.
What is your role in Aberdeen Poppy Day?
Frances: My role is to make sure the day goes well with lots of volunteers flooding the streets with collection buckets. The streets will be a sea of red matching the colour of the Aberdeen Football Club!
Kate: I’ll be looking to recruit more wonderful volunteers who will help with the day and hopefully continue to volunteer all year round.
Aside from Aberdeen Poppy Day what part of this year’s Poppy Appeal are you most looking forward to?
Frances: I am looking forward to creating the Field of Remembrance in Inverness for members of the public to come and pay their respects and plant their Remembrance symbols.
Kate: I’m looking forward to being able to meet even more of our truly inspirational volunteers and doing what I can to support them to get the most out of their Poppy Appeal.
Tell us about your favourite book or film?
Frances: I love books and I especially enjoy reading with my children. Our favourite at the moment is ‘Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs’.
Kate: Reading and watching movies for me is all about escapism. I love anything science fiction, with ‘Star Wars’, ‘Back to the Future’ and the ‘Alien’ franchise among my favourites.