Colleagues from our Edinburgh Office volunteered to support Poppy Scotland this week by joining scores of collectors, who were out in force to raise funds for the fifth annual Edinburgh Poppy Day. Our colleagues, along with their trays of poppies and collection tins took turns to collect for the charity in St Andrew Square.
Jennifer Maclean, said:
This is my third year of collecting and it is a brilliant experience. It is great to meet so many people as they make their way through the Square and hear their stories. Learning about war from watching the telly is one thing, but what really brings it home is when you speak face-to-face to people that have served, or to the family members of those who have served or still serving. It’s then when you learn about the sacrifices made. And days like today are special because everybody is so friendly and it’s amazing how generous people have been.
In addition to the collecting there was a lunchtime concert in St Andrew Square hosted by Forces Radio BFBS and this year’s performers included The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Legion Scotland singing sensation Amy Hawthorn, folk singer songwriter Alan Brydon, Richard Kerr and the George Heriot’s School Pipe Band. Also popping along to enjoy the day were two Chelsea Pensioners who are on a country-wide tour. There was also a selection of military vehicles, provided by The Scottish Military Vehicle Group.
Gordon Michie, the Head of Fundraising at Poppy Scotland, said:
Edinburgh Poppy Day is one of the pivotal days in the period of Remembrance and it is an event that has grown steadily in popularity since it was first held back in 2013. It’s fantastic that the people of Edinburgh – along with hundreds of visitors to the city – joined us in St Andrew Square and throughout the rest of the city to enjoy an exciting day jam-packed with music and entertainment. We enjoyed working with Forces Radio BFBS to stage the lunchtime concert with talented musicians aplenty and we are extremely grateful to them for the continued support. We also cannot thank our teams of corporate collectors enough for spending the whole day collecting for us.”
In 2017, more than £15,000 was donated during Edinburgh Poppy Day and it is hoped that a similar amount will be raised this year to help support the Armed Forces community in Scotland.