Each year, Loxford Sixth Form students distribute the iconic paper poppies throughout the school, collecting donations in return to help support the vital work which the British Legion does for the Armed Forces community. This year we raised £389
The 2018 appeal was a significant moment for the whole nation as it marked the Centenary of the end of the First World War.
Students wore the paper poppy on their chest as a symbol of Remembrance: to remember the fallen Service men and women killed in conflict.
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. The following year, the Poppy Factory was set up, employing disabled ex-Servicemen to create the poppies to sell during the appeal. Today, the factory still produces millions of poppies each year.