My first thank you is to all of you who stop by to read my ramblings both here and on my social media platforms. I am quite overwhelmed both on an emotionally grateful level but also in terms of my ability to keep up with replies! More on that in my next blog but just know that I do read all of your comments and I can’t thank you enough for your kindness, sharing, laughter, tears, smiles and support.
Another very important thank you goes to our nation’s armed service personnel. This is a very significant year as it marks 100 years since the end of World War 1. Here is what The Royal British Legion have to say about ‘Thank you 100’:
The Poppy Appeal target for 2018 is £50million – the biggest target ever. The Royal British Legion’s Director of Fundraising, Claire Rowcliffe said: “During the Poppy Appeal 2018 and as we mark the end of the First World War centenary in this historic year, we are calling on the nation to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation, not only the British Armed Forces, but those who fought alongside them from today’s Commonwealth, the countless men, women and children who played their part on the home front and the pioneers and artists who have left long lasting legacies.
The work of the Legion is as relevant and vital today as it was in the aftermath of the First World War when the charity was founded. The donation for your poppy will help the Legion support today’s Armed Forces community through hardships, injury and bereavements. Generations of the Armed Forces have continued to serve and sacrifice since the First World War, and we recognise and thank them all for their unique contribution.
This Poppy Appeal we have set our highest ever target at £50 million. The Legion’s work is entirely dependent on the public’s generous support – so please wear your poppy with pride and dig deep, knowing that you are supporting our Armed Forces community.”
The Legion uses donations to offer life-long support to the Armed Forces community including providing crisis grants, researching the changing impact of blast injuries on the body, lobbying the government on issues that affect our Armed Forces community, specialist dementia care, sport and art-based recovery programmes and advising on benefits and money problems.
Here, at QVC, we are proud and humbled to have raised well over 1.7 million pounds and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to those of you who have supported our campaign. QVC’s Poppy Collection launched in 2010. I, myself, have quite a collection of keepsakes and they are so special to me. They aid in remembrance and are also lovely, quality pieces of jewellery as well as other accessories and fashion garments. My favourite piece this year comes from One Button. This brooch is very stylish and is a beautiful way to show your support.
I have found it most interesting to read stories and facts about the poppy on The Legion’s website. We encourage everyone to purchase a paper poppy from sellers. Perhaps you will choose to wear the paper poppy on your clothes and then one of our stunning keepsakes as outerwear, for example, I wear my poppy brooches on bags and on coats. It’s fair to say that these will withstand the U.K. elements better, too!
Like many, I am very aware of environmental issues so I was really pleased to find out that paper poppies are environmentally friendly and all of the parts are either biodegradable or able to be recycled. The petals and leaf are paper and the stem and centre are made using recyclable plastic. After Remembrance Sunday you can recycle your poppy at any Sainsbury’s supermarket.
If you didn’t see my blog back in mid-August, you can browse back to read all about my trip to the Menin Gate for a very special remembrance service with Kate Green from The Royal British Legion. Here is a video I took when silence and heart shaped, poppy red petals fell. One of the most moving moments of my entire life.
Kate has become a great friend as well as a shining ambassador for The Legion. Her wife, Michelle, has also worked for them. It’s funny but everyone I’ve met who has been involved with this wonderful charity has been absolutely brilliant! Seriously! Maybe it’s a little like QVC, there’s a positivity and hope as well as a sense of genuine care among their people.
It’s been amazing to see all of the fundraising, visual tributes and stories which are in abundance this year. Thank you for doing your part to keep remembrance alive and for assisting those who need help through your purchases and fundraising efforts. You are all stars.
Thank you for taking the time to read, and please, if you choose to wear a poppy, consider something from our collection for yourself or as a gift to someone else. Every purchase makes a difference to someone’s life.
See you back here next Wednesday.
Love Catherine xx