BRITAIN’S Got Talent winner Richard Jones today backs The Sun’s Poppy Stars appeal – saying: “it’s so important we all back it.”
Britain’s Got Talent magician Richard Jones, right, backs The Sun’s Poppy Stars appeal, pictured with Ross Kemp and a Chelsea Pensioner Credit: PA:Press Association
Richard, 30, a Lance Corporal of Horse in the Household Cavalry says: “I can’t thank The Sun enough for all the work you have been doing campaigning to make sure the Poppy Appeal is a success – despite Covid.”
Since he won BGT with a Burma veteran as part of his act in 2016, Richard has been a key part of the annual Poppy Appeal which normally raises £50million and helps 90,000 veterans and their families.
Last year, he helped out the appeal by performing magic tricks for people waiting in queues to buy poppies.
But this year, because of coronavirus restrictions more than 12,000 poppy sellers – a third of Britain’s collectors – are missing because they are shielding from the virus.
With the oil tanker’s crew safely in the ship’s citadel, or strong room, the men of the SBS stand-by team waited until last light to strike — with speed, aggression and surprise.
And who are still collecting have to wear masks and be social distanced from people buying poppies.
Richard, 30, who is from a military family, says: “This year it is so important that everyone buys a poppy somehow or makes a donation online so the Legion can continue its vital work for veterans and their families.
“The Military have been at the forefront of the fight against Covid, building hospitals and working in them with patients who have the virus.
“And we still have servicemen and women on duty abroad, working all over the world who are worried about their families back in the UK.
“They will have relatives who have suffered from Covid who will need help from the Poppy Appeal.
“Please check out all the ways you can help the appeal and make a donation.”
Richard says: ‘I can’t thank The Sun enough for all the work you have been doing campaigning to make sure the Poppy Appeal is a success – despite Covid’
Richard says: ‘This year it is so important that everyone buys a poppy’
Pilots from the Red Arrows
Normally, poppy sellers go into grounds and collect cash from fans.
But this year that is not possible, so the Legion will auction off players’ shirts and hope to raise around £300,000 for the Poppy Appeal.
How to be a poppy star
THE pandemic may have stopped thousands of sellers from hitting the streets — but it doesn’t have to stop you from buying a poppy. MIKE RIDLEY looks at some of the ways you can do your bit for the appeal by going to:
- Fundraise for appeal: Move to Remember and the 11/11 Challenge are among the fundraising suggestions from the appeal itself. Free fundraising packs on the website will give the help and support you will need.
- Poppies in the post: Help make up for the reduced number of volunteer collectors by requesting 20 poppies free of charge from the RBL — and then giving them to friends and family yourself in return for a donation.
- My poppy run 2020: Run, walk or jog any distance, anywhere and at any time. Get family and friends involved to raise cash. And buy a T-shirt to run in and a medal to give to yourself afterwards!
- Visit the poppy shop: There is an extensive range of products from poppy pins and jewellery to clothing, stationery and homeware. All profits fund the Legion’s work in supporting the Armed Forces community.
- Make online donation: Alternatively, you could just visit the British Legion’s website and make a donation. You can choose a one-off payment or set up a regular amount — and no amount is too small.
…OR POP INTO YOUR LOCAL SAINSBURY’S, TESCO, ASDA, ALDI OR MORRISONS AND BUY A POPPY
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