Actor and comedian Sanjeev Kohli, best known for his role as Navid in the hit comedy Still Game, called for the public to think about what the poppy means to them and to give as much money as they can during this year’s Appeal.
The theme of the 2015 Scottish Poppy Appeal is Donate like you mean it and Poppyscotland, the charity that organises the annual campaign, is aiming to raise even more money so it can continue to deliver life-changing support those in the Armed Forces community who need it most.
At the launch in Glasgow’s Queen Street station, the River City star was the first person to share what the poppy means to him at a special poppy selfie booth, using the hashtag #MyPoppyMeans
Speaking at the launch, Sanjeev said: “I’m proud to be launching the 2015 Scottish Poppy Appeal and my poppy means thank you. Thank you to the brave Servicemen and women who lay their lives on the line so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today and thank you to Poppyscotland who look after those who’ve looked after us. I hope the public will join me in sharing what the poppy means to them and then donate like they mean it so that Poppyscotland can carry on its life-changing work.”
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.
The money raised will make a positive impact on the lives of those who have served, those still serving and their families, by providing tailored support & funding, employment support and specialist advice services.
Colin Flinn, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “The poppy means different things to different people so this year we’re asking people to tell us what the poppy means to them and then, importantly, donate like they mean it. It’s a strong call to action but we need to raise more money this year to ensure that those in the Armed Forces community are not disadvantaged and can live full lives. We can’t achieve this without the public so we are urging them to get behind us and support the Appeal once again.”
Cathy Craig, ScotRail commercial director, said: “We’re pleased to be able to support this inspiring campaign by providing spaces for selfie booths at six of Scotland’s busiest stations. Poppyscotland is a charity that we know is close to our customers’ hearts and I’m sure that lots of money we’ll be donated to this excellent cause.”
#MyPoppyMeans selfie booths are in the following stations from 0700-1900 on the following days: Mon 26 Oct – Glasgow Queen Street, Tues 27 Oct – Glasgow Central, Thurs 29 Oct – Haymarket, Fri 30 Oct – Edinburgh Waverley, Mon 2 Nov – Inverness, Tuesday 3 Nov – Aberdeen.
The Scottish Poppy Appeal is Scotland’s biggest street collection and runs until Wednesday 11th November with collectors, poppies and tins out in force. A TV, radio, cinema and digital advertising campaign is underway and a host of activities will take place, including poppy-up shops all over Scotland, Fields of Remembrance in Edinburgh and Inverness and the lighting up in poppy red of landmarks and structures across Scotland.
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