Poppy power


Okay, so I know it’s only August, but is it ever too early to give back to those who give so much for our country and their families?

I don’t think so. I’m proud to have become a member of the Royal British Legion since becoming involved with their work through our Poppy Collection shows on QVC.

I have learned so much more about the work they do, especially through my friendship with Kate. She and her wife are now firm friends of mine. If you missed last week’s blog you can take a peek here and meet them, as well as their gorgeous doggies and their fabulous vegan cooking!

Kate Green, who is our special guest supporting the Poppy Collection hour on Friday, is a former Royal Military Policewoman.

She works full-time helping to raise the profile of the work of the Royal British Legion to ensure that ex-servicemen and women who are less fortunate are able to live independently, have a voice where it matters, support when needed – and to spread the word about the range of services the Legion helps provide.

The Royal British Legion is the UK’s biggest Armed Forces charity providing much-needed support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. The Poppy Appeal 2019 is encouraging the public to ‘remember together’.

The Legion remembers the friends, allies, and Commonwealth nations who joined Britain in defending its freedoms, values and way of life. We ask the nation to commemorate their contributions to our liberty and ‘Remember Together’.

Their work is encapsulated in its motto: Live On – to the memory of the fallen and the future of the living. The Royal British Legion poppy helps the Legion to provide thousands of veterans, service men and women, and their families, with vital advice and support.

I, myself, come from a Forces family and am especially honoured to have been invited to design pieces for this year’s QVC Poppy Collection.

Here are some photos of the pieces being made and the finished pieces. The beautiful boxes come with a message from me about the thought behind them, and I was very keen to create poppies which would be worthy of being worn with pride.

When I design pieces of jewellery, it’s always as much to do with the sentiment behind the design as it is the aesthetics. It couldn’t be more important than in the case of The Poppy Collection.

The Royal British Legion members magazine invited myself and Kate to go along to RBLHQ to discuss the work we do as well as our friendship. We had a lovely day together, and if you want to read the article you can in The Royal British Legion magazine next issue.

Noriko, also from the legion, greeted us with vegan brownies so I knew it was going to be a good one from the outset!

The Royal British Legion’s welfare work is entirely dependent on the public’s generous support – so, if you wish to support this cause, please wear your poppy with pride knowing that you are helping the Armed Forces community. Wearing a Poppy is a personal choice, it is not compulsory; however it is much appreciated by all those it helps.

What is the poppy for? The symbol of the poppy represents Remembrance of the past and hope for the future. Around 45 million poppies are made and worn every year. Below you will find a description, from The Royal British Legion, of what the poppy is and what it is not.

The poppy IS:

  • A symbol of remembrance and hope
  • Worn by millions of people
  • Red because of the natural colour of field poppies

The poppy IS NOT:

  • A symbol of death or a sign of support for war
  • A reflection of politics or religion
  • Red to reflect the colour of blood

Here are just some examples of Legion Welfare work:

Adventure Breaks
The Royal British Legion offers free week-long Adventure Breaks to children of men and women who are currently serving, or have served in the Armed Forces, as well as bereaved children. Adventure Breaks are a great opportunity for young people to enjoy themselves and meet other young people in similar situations, whilst giving their parents a well-earned break.

The Battle Back Centre 
The Legion established and operates The Battle Back Centre, which provides sports and adventurous activities such as climbing, water sports and wheelchair basketball for wounded, injured and sick Service people. All activities promote self-confidence and aid recovery with both physical and psychological challenges.

Admiral Nurses 
The Legion’s Admiral Nurse Service provides support to carers of those living with dementia in the Armed Forces community. Our community nurses provide information and practical help to carers to relieve issues such as stress and depression and to enable people to better support their loved ones living with dementia.

Bravo 22 – Recovery through the arts 
Bravo 22 Company is The Royal British Legion’s recovery through the arts programme, successfully organising theatre and arts projects for the Armed Forces community. The project helps wounded, injured and sick Service personnel along their path to recovery by encouraging them to get involved.

For each item you buy from our Poppy Collection, a third of the sale price will be paid to The Royal British Legion. Money raised since the beginning of the partnership between QVC and The Royal British Legion could have helped to fund some of the following:

  • 30 nurses for the duration of one year in the Legion’s specialist Dementia units
  • 30 handy van for the duration of one year, undertaking essential home repairs for isolated veterans
  • The refurbishment of 18 bedrooms at a Legion care home
  • Much-needed breaks for over 1000 beneficiaries
  • 70 wounded, injured or sick soldiers to attend a recovery course
  • Breaks for 318 recently bereaved families

Isn’t it remarkable what we can do when we all pull together?

Kate and I will be launching QVC’s 2019 Poppy Collection on The Style Channel on Sunday the 25th at 4pm. I do hope you will be able to join us. My designs will also be premiering in that hour and I’d love to know what you think of them.

Thank you for taking the time to read and the biggest thank you ever for all the support you’ve shown in raising so much for The Royal British Legion.

Love Catherine x


  1. Nicola rigby August 21, 2019 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Nice to read yes very proud of my poppy every grandads both in the arm and my mums brother Royal marine
    Mum was very proud they are all sadly in heaven now but I wear my poppies with pride every year and lay them at a memorial service
    Nice read Catherine xx

    • Catherine Huntley August 23, 2019 at 10:52 am -  Reply

      Nicola, thank you for sharing. I’m sure you’re family would be so proud of the person you are today. It’s always lovely to hear from you and I wish you big hugs and love x

  2. Jackie Elliott August 22, 2019 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine – where’s your dress from please? xx

    • Catherine Huntley August 23, 2019 at 10:53 am -  Reply

      Hi Jackie, it’s one of my favourites by Onjenu. If it’s in stock it’ll be online. It also comes in navy and I have that, too. X

  3. Julie August 22, 2019 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine. Lovely thought provoking article thank you. We have just raised over £300 for the Royal British Legion from donations in lieu of flowers in memory of my late father as it was a charity very close to his heart. Wearing my poppy this year will have extra special meaning. Best wishes x

    • Catherine Huntley August 23, 2019 at 10:54 am -  Reply

      Dear Julie, I’m very moved to read your comment. I send you my deepest condolences. I’m sure your late father would be enormously proud of the wonderful gesture you made in his name.

      Love Catherine xx

  4. Beverley Klymkiw August 23, 2019 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    Beautiful designs Catherine. Always support the Royal British Legion. Very worthy cause.

  5. Glenys Phillips August 23, 2019 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Looks like this will be my purchase for this year. I have bought a variety of items from the collection each year in memory of 3 relatives killed during the 1st World War.

  6. Glenys Phillips August 23, 2019 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine. Commenting on here all “back to front”, from my previous post. Read your blog, saw the single poppy with the bud, went to order and then came back and read what had inspired the design. I like to think of the bud being a future generation. Some who have been killed in wars and forgotten are then researched by current family members and are remembered. We can then pay our respects. Through them we are then able to help the present servicemen and their families by purchasing these beautiful poppies in a variety of designs. Kind regards.

  7. K burnand September 24, 2019 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Have just received the three poppyspray perfect for me to keep as an airloom and to treasure.its bueatiful

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