The local branch of the Royal British Legion has announced that last year’s traditional Poppy Day collection raised some £16,000.

The Poppy Day Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. The first Poppy Appeal was held in 1921, the founding year of The Royal British Legion.

 Red silk poppies, inspired by the famous First World War poem In Flanders Fields, sold out instantly and raised more than £106,000. The funds helped WW1 veterans find employment and housing after the war.

Branch Secretary, Louis Lopez, who every year orchestrates the collection said that “we are so grateful for the generosity of the people of Gibraltar in supporting our cause. By wearing a poppy, you aren’t just remembering the fallen: you’re supporting a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support”.

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