Royal British Legion expects high take-up for Centenary Poppy link up with B&Q

The Royal British Legion is expecting a high take-up for its Centenary Poppy Campaign which launches on Monday with special packs of seeds available in B&Q from Wednesday.

The campaign is a national roll out of one which originated in the Greenhithe and Swanscombe Branch of the Legion and sees the Legion asking the public and local authorities to purchase the Flanders poppy seeds and plant them on their own land.

Part of the price paid for each pack will go toward the £1.6 million the Legion spends each week on care and support to the Armed Forces community.

B&Q will also take bulk orders.

The Royal British Legion's director of fundraising, Charles Byrne, said: "We want to see members of the public making this campaign their own in their local communities, working in collaboration with local government, schools and community groups, and we will be taking discussions forward with central Government to engrain this campaign in the centenary commemorations."

Graham Mentor-Morris and Phil Berry of the Greenhithe and Swanscombe Branch said:

"We are over the moon our campaign is now being developed on a national level, with support from a national retailer. Not only will the Centenary Poppy Campaign commemorate all those who gave so much during WW1, but also raise vital funds for the Legion."

A RBL spokeswoman said there had already been a lot of interest in the campaign from a lot of different places; "We are expecting a high take-up if early indications are anything to go by."

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