Beaver Scout Poppy launches Poppy People
A Beaver Scout called Poppy has helped to launch Poppy People, the Royal British Legion’s campaign to recruit 300,000 volunteers to collect for the Poppy Appeal this year.
Six year-old Poppy and her dad, Harvey, a member of the Black Knights Royal Artillery Parachute Team and a Sergeant in the Territorial Army, launched the London Poppy People drive at Westminster on Thursday 7 October.
And Poppy’s involvement goes beyond simply being a public face for the charity. In 2009 she and her Beaver Scout Colony helped to collect over £1,300 for the Poppy Appeal, and this year she will again be out and about with her Group, raising money for the British Legion’s work with soldiers on the front line and their families.
First in line
Among the first to buy a poppy from Poppy was Chief Scout Bear Grylls, who met the Beaver Scouts on his whirlwind tour of the South East last weekend. Bear himself served in the Special Forces reserve as part of 21 SAS, and last week he posted on his Twitter feed:
'The Poppy Appeal is a great charity supporting families and injured soldiers. They have my money & energy!’