What is the Scottish Poppy Appeal?
The Scottish Poppy Appeal is Scotland’s largest annual street collection and is held in late October and early November each year. It is organised by Poppyscotland with the support of an army of around 10,000 volunteer Area Organisers and collectors. Since its inception in 1921, the Poppy Appeal has always had a dual purpose – to Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to raise money for those who have been left disadvantaged by their time in Service. Over five million poppies are distributed across Scotland to raise funds for the Armed Forces community.
Why the poppy?
The poppy became the symbol of Remembrance for those who gave their lives in war. It was inspired by the famous poem, In Flanders Fields, written during the First World War by Lt Colonel John McCrae.
How much money do you raise?
The 2015 Appeal raise a record £2.9 million, but last year Poppyscotland spent more than £3 million supporting the Armed Forces community. With the demands on our services increasing, we need to raise even more this year.
Where does the money go?
Poppyscotland uses money raised to provide support to the Armed Forces community in seven key areas: Tailored support and funding, Advice, Employment, Mobility, Respite, Housing and Mental health. You can find out more about each of these areas by clicking here. All money raised in Scotland is spent in Scotland.
Do you just help veterans from the World Wars?
Poppyscotland helps all members of the Armed Forces community which includes those who have Served, those still Serving and their families.
Who makes the poppies?
The poppies for the annual Appeal are produced every year by Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in Edinburgh. The Factory employs ex-Servicemen and women to hand-assemble 5 million poppies and over 10,000 wreaths each year.
What poppies do you have?
Two varieties are available – a plastic-stemmed poppy and a stick-on poppy. We no longer supply the traditional pin poppy as it was proving too expensive to produce.
Why is there no green leaf?
The Scottish poppy was designed by Lady Haig, wife of Field Marshal Haig, in 1926 when she opened a factory in Scotland to meet demand for poppies – Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory
Apart from being botanically incorrect, to put a leaf on each poppy would cost approximately £15,000 – money we feel is better spent on providing support to the Armed Forces community.
What’s the difference between Poppyscotland and Legion Scotland?
Legion Scotland (The Royal British Legion Scotland) is a separate but closely-linked charity, which is responsible for social welfare and ceremonial activities. Approximately a third of the Scottish Poppy Appeal volunteers come from Legion Scotland branches. Poppyscotland also funds a war pensions service which is run by Legion Scotland.
Why is there a separate charity running the Poppy Appeal in Scotland?
From its inception the Scottish Poppy Appeal has always operated independently from The Royal British Legion’s (TRBL) appeal in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. However, in June 2011 Poppyscotland merged with TRBL to create the largest charity group supporting the Armed Forces community across the whole of the UK. Poppyscotland continues to operate as a distinct charity within the TRBL group and continues to run the Scottish Poppy Appeal. Working collaboratively with TRBL, Poppyscotland ensures that the Armed Forces community in Scotland receives the same level of support as the rest of the UK. You can find out more about our history here.
What else do you do?
Poppyscotland needs to raise funds all year round to continue its work, supporting the Armed Forces community. A number of events and activities take place throughout the year and individuals and groups are supported in fundraising for Poppyscotland. To find out more or to get involved click here.