Welcome to the Poppy Appeal section of the Derbyshire Royal British Legion. If you have the time we hope you will scroll down this page which highlights all the ways you can help us raise the funds we need to help those who rely on us. If however you time is limited or you know exactly what you are looking for. You may wish instead to use the buttons on the left of the page to go right to the section you require. Whichever way you go, it is great to have you here and many thanks for taking the time to look at what we do.
The Poppy Appeal is the fundraising arm of the Royal British Legion. All year round across Derbyshire people are giving their time and energy to raise money for our Armed Forces Community in need.
As we mark 100 years of bringing together our communities to create better futures for our Armed Forces and their families, our mission today remains the same; we believe that no-one who has served to protect our freedom should be disadvantaged because of the sacrifices they have made.
There are so many ways you can help and some are listed below. Yet we are always open to new ideas so if you think there is a way you can help that is not listed why not contact us we would love to hear from you.
Making a Donation
The Legion continues to honour our legacy as a place for people to turn to in crisis. The last year has been devastating for so many. People of all ages and walks of life within the Armed Forces community are looking to the Legion, its staff, and volunteers, for urgent help. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on people’s lives.
Right now, we are helping those who are isolated from family, feeling lonely, facing homelessness, struggling to feed their children, and are in financial crisis. Many of those contacting us never imagined they would have to ask for our help.
Every donation realy does make a difference, thank you. Please click on the image below to Donate to the Royal British Legion.
We have an obligation to the Armed Forces community - members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families - to honour their courage and commitment by ensuring that their sacrifices are recognised and that they are given the support they need and deserve.
Please contact our Community Fundraiser Lily Clements if you are interested in helping.
From virtual runs to survival challenges and race days, there are so many events to choose from.
We have events that ensure you have a great experience in a safe and secure way. Join Team Legion and help us to continue to provide vital services and support for the Armed Forces community - serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.
Our Armed Forces continue to step up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to help keep us all safe, and we are here for them. From setting up NHS Nightingale Hospitals across the country and helping to speed up the delivery of the coronavirus vaccine roll out, delivering equipment and PPE for the NHS, to supporting the emergency services by transporting critically ill patients and operating mobile coronavirus testing units.
Please visit our events page for more information.
Volunteers support everything we do at the Royal British Legion.
Each year thousands of wonderful volunteers descend on high streets, train stations and local supermarkets across the country to help raise vital funds during the Poppy Appeal.
We spoke to a few of our amazing Poppy Appeal Organisers who give up their own time to make sure the appeal runs like clockwork each year.
Meet our Poppy Appeal Volunteers
We are always looking for help; to ensure everyone can get a poppy in an act of remembrance at this important time; and to raise as much money as we can in support of our Armed Forces community. Come and get involved, we’d love to meet you.
The Legion is equipped for the future, and we wrap our arms around those who need us. Whatever the issue, we have the experience, the resources and the weight to fight for those that we support, to help them get the help they need and deserve. Once you have served, the Legion has your back for the rest of your life.
Please contact Lilly Clements, Community Fundraiser for Derbyshire
Tel: 07918 562 624
Through corporate partnerships we offer businesses a number of opportunities for working with and supporting The Royal British Legion, helping us to support the current and ex-service community.
The benefits are mutual.
Companies can also meet their business objectives, helping to fulfil their Corporate Social Responsibility requirements, encouraging staff to work together, improving staff morale, and demonstrating to stakeholders, clients, colleagues and employees their commitment to a worthwhile charity.
Whether through fundraising or volunteering, your people’s involvement with The Royal British Legion will help:
- Improve corporate reputation
- Provide team-building opportunities
- Improve staff recruitment and retention
- Generate excellent PR opportunities
- Your company meet its CSR responsibilities
- Encourage consumer engagement and generate word of mouth
- Establish improved brand affinity and equity
- Improve customer loyalty
- Develop your people skill base
Recent research conducted for Business in the Community by Research International proves that employees actively involved in community investment activities are much more likely to find their work interesting and recommend their company to family and friends. They also found that being involved in community activities helps them to manage people more effectively.
Bringing your staff together at work to raise money or give time to support the current and ex service community is a great way to boost morale and strengthen teams.
Your company could match the money raised by your employee’s hard work and efforts to fundraise. Whether they have taken part in an event and raised sponsorship or held a fundraiser in the office, why not match or contribute to the amount that they have raised. This would be a fantastic way of encouraging your staff to get involved.
Payroll giving and the benefits for employers
Payroll giving is a low-cost scheme with minimal administrative requirements. It’s an ideal way for organisations with smaller budgets to provide vital support for charities. Research shows that payroll giving offers real business benefits including:
- Improving your social responsibility profile
- Enhancing community involvement programmes
- Improving staff recruitment and retention
We’re always looking for sponsors for our events, literature, advertising and fundraising activities. You can add value to your core business, gain great publicity and fulfil your community relations objectives through sponsorship.
Gifts In Kind
Money is not the only thing your company can give!
If your business can donate items or services that directly contribute to our work, we would like to explore opportunities with you. Perhaps your business can donate gifts that directly contribute to our fundraising by, for example, providing prizes or a desirable venue.
Recycling is a great way to help both The Royal British Legion and our environment. There are lots of everyday things which can help us boost funds, including:
- Mobile phones – most mobiles can be recycled and we could pick up to £50 per phone.
- Inkjet and laser cartridges – We can recycle most inkjet cartridges (how many does your company get through each week?).
Cause Related Marketing
Most commonly, cause related marketing takes the form of an on-pack promotion where an agreed donation is made per purchase. In effect, a win-win marketing opportunity for The Royal British Legion and the company involved.
It can help increase sales, increase customer loyalty and attract new audiences, stand out in a competitive market, enhance your corporate image, secure positive PR and highlight your commitment to a great cause.
A win-win marketing opportunity!
Make the Royal British Legion your Charity of the Year
This is a great opportunity for your whole company to work together to support the work of the Royal British Legion. We’ll help you develop a fundraising calendar and give you full support and commitment throughout the partnership. We’ll help your fundraising be successful and fun!
We have a variety of exciting fundraising ideas to suit all levels of support and a range of existing events and activities that your colleagues can take part in.
Adopt The Royal British Legion as your Charity of the Year (COTY) and put your company at the heart of the community.
To discuss any of these ideas please contact
Please contact Lilly Clements, Community Fundraiser for Derbyshire
Tel: 07918 562 624
Looking for some inspiration?
Check out just some of the fundraising ideas below along with a whole host of helpful guides, hints and tips!
The Get Set Guides: - Poppy Challenge Pack - Fun Ideas for Fundraising, ages 4 to 11 - Fun Ideas for Fundraising, ages 12 to 16.
These multi-page colour PDF packs can be obtained by contacting:
Lilly Clements, Community Fundraiser for Derbyshire
Tel: 07918 562 624
Inspiration: - The following PDF's contain information on both fundraising ideas and great tips on how to maximize your fundraising potential. They can be downloaded direct from this website. The links are below.
Tips to Maximize your Fundraising –link to PDF
Planning your Event in 8 Simple Steps – link to PDF
Content Inspiration for Fundraisers – link to PDF
Inspiring Fundraising Stories – link to PDF
We are working tirelessly to ensure that those who have served are being looked after no matter what challenges they, and the country faces. But we cannot do it alone, please join us in fighting injustice by supporting our cause in any way you can.
The Royal British Legion was established in 1921 by Field Marshal Earl Haig and Tom Lister, and a group of others, to care for those who had suffered as a result of service during the First World War. And we've been helping the Armed Forces community and their families ever since.
By 1921, the tradition of a Two Minute Silence had been established. The first ever Poppy Appeal was also held that year. The poppies sold out almost immediately and raised over £106,000, a considerable amount at the time. This money was used to help First World War veterans with employment and housing. This kindness and generosity has passed from generation to generation, and your support today continues to honour the sacrifice of members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families, today and tomorrow.
As seen through the eyes of an 11 year old girl.
Lamp Post Poppy Campaign