10th November 2018 Laura Hayward

All across the country, thousands of volunteers took to the streets to collect for the 2018 Scottish Poppy Appeal. A day before Remembrance Sunday, it was one of the last opportunities for the Scottish public to pick up a special Centenary Poppy. Two million were produced at Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory – along with three million ‘regular’ poppies – but few were left as the boxes emptied fast while the tins filled up.

In Glasgow, cadets from D platoon RHF Pollokshaws were out in force at George Square. In Edinburgh, teams of volunteers – including more than 100 cadets – were joined by an eager band of 16 Italian exchange students who chose to collect after visiting the Field of Remembrance and learning about the history of the poppy.

Leonardo Russo, from San Nicamvro Galgano, who led the students, said: “It has been a great experience for the students. The poppy is a special symbol and serves to remember all of those who served in the conflict. A lot of young people died during the war. It has been the first experience for the students as volunteers and they really enjoyed meeting the Scottish people.”

And outside the Central Belt, from Thurso to the Borders, Scotland came together in support of this year’s Poppy Appeal. Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “This has been a wonderful day and it is incredible to witness the public’s engagement with our army of volunteers. There has been a lot of excitement today as people come out to get their hands on one of the special Centenary Poppies to mark the poignant occasion.

“We cannot thank the public enough for their support. It’s their donations that mean we can continue to provide life-changing support for our Armed Forces community and their families. And all of this is only possible thanks to our volunteers, particularly our young volunteers from the youth uniformed organisations that have come out in this year of young people. Their engagement will ensure that we never forget the sacrifice of 100 years ago.”

To find out more about the Scottish Poppy Appeal click here.