Poppy Appeal 2020 Launched in Benidorm
In bright autumn sunshine, the 2020 Poppy Appeal Launch took place on 16th October 2020 in Spain. As usual, it was held in Benidorm but, owing to current restrictions, instead of the usual Parade of Standards and speeches, it was marked by holding a shorter ceremony behind closed doors.
Click on the photograph above to see a video of the Ceremony
The current situation doesn’t mean that The Royal British Legion here in Spain has closed down. Far from it, we’ve been busier than ever supporting veterans and their families who find themselves in need. The money donated, either throughout the year or now during Remembrancetide, is vital to that effort. The money raised is spent here in Spain on caring for our Beneficiaries, so please continue contributing to the Poppy Appeal wherever and however you can.
In our short Act of Remembrance in the Oscar Esplá Amphitheatre, wreaths were laid by:
- Brigadier Lisa Keetley, the senior Army officer in Spain, currently serving in the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Headquarters in Valencia
- Mrs Sara Munsterhjelm, British Vice Consul in Alicante and Mr Jim Thomson, Chairman of Benidorm Branch of The Royal British Legion
- Don Antonio Pérez, Mayor of Benidorm and Mr Don Cubbon, Chairman of District North Spain of The Royal British Legion
The trumpet player was Mr Alwyn Pollendine of The Royal British Legion Band, Spain and our Piper was Mr Donald Mark of the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums.
As mentioned, your donations allow us to provide much-needed support to a wide range of veterans and families in need. We also have a Go Fund Me page for this year’s Poppy Appeal. Every cent or euro you can spare really counts and makes a huge difference to the lives of veterans old and young here in Spain and their families, so thank you once again for your generosity in supporting them through the Poppy Appeal 2020.
You can also follow us or contact contact us through our Facebook page where you'll also find the livestream of the event.