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Poppy Appeal

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The Poppy Appeal is upon us with the nation all joining together to raise as much money as possible to this great cause.

The traditional ‘Poppy’ has been selling around the UK for a few weeks , also this year shopping bags, earrings, brooches, books, hair bands and clips have also been popular, which all go towards the target of £40 million.

This year’s poppy appeal helps ex-service personnel and their families, it will also help to fund the Battle Back Centre which is a national centre of excellence for disability sports and four centres that support sick and injured service personnel.

It has been announced today that members of the armed forces are to join 1,000 collectors in London for a collection day.

The collectors are set to collect from 60 tube stations round the capital; the aim of the day is to raise £500,000 in one day for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

RAF personnel will be collecting at the Covent Garden station while the Gurkha Regiment will be raising money at Canary Warf which will go towards the target.

Benjamin Hancock, who co-ordinates London Poppy Day on behalf of The Royal British Legion, says: "Raising more than £40,000 an hour for 12 hours in a single city may sound ambitious, but last year we set a target of £150,000 and ended up collecting £225,000.

“This year we've set the bar even higher and are determined to hit the half a million pound mark."

There will be several fundraising events around the UK for the appeal including, Poppy Ball at Drayton Manor, Derbyshire Poppy Walk and Silence in the Square 2011.

Silence in the Square is the event where everybody in the UK has a two minute silence where ever they maybe on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month to reflect on service men & women past and present. 

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday will take place this year on Sunday 13th November; the day is dedicated to remembering all of our fallen heroes.

The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London is an important part of Remembrance Day, to mark her respect the Queen lays the first wreath on the Cenotaph and bows followed one by one, by other members of the immediate Royal Family who bow if in normal dress or salute if they are in military uniform.

The ceremony ends with a march past of war veterans; a gesture of respect for their fallen comrades.

Autonet will be holding a dress down day on Friday 04th November with all proceeds being donating to The Royal British Legion.

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By Amanda Bainbridge