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Aardman creates animated Turkey Dash for PayPal’s new Christmas campaign

Eight charities feature in an innovative digital race that encourages people to donate more to good causes this Christmas

PayPal has joined forces with Aardman and Channel 4 for a unique Christmas campaign that will boost donations to eight of the UK’s most loved charities. Turkey Dash will see an elite field of CGI turkeys – one representing each charity – undergo vigorous training powered by online donations from the charities’ supporters, climaxing in a prime time race broadcast on Channel 4 on Friday 15th December.

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Military Community take to the stage for Remembrance Sunday performance

A unique collaboration of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, veterans and their families from across the UK will take to the stage this weekend for a one-off Remembrance performance at the Newcastle Theatre Royal.

The Royal British Legion’s recovery through the arts initiative, Bravo 22 Company, is delivered in partnership with The Drive Project and in collaboration with Newcastle Theatre Royal to put on the production on Remembrance Sunday.

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Poppy pup helping raise funds for Legion

A pup called Poppy, a two-year old Airedale terrier, has been helping her owner, Colin Stegeman collect for The Royal British Legion in the Shropshire village of Worthen.

Accompanying 82 year old, former RAF serviceman, Colin, on his rounds and home visits, Poppy the pup is a big hit with the villagers and even sports her very own specially fashioned poppy harness. A talking point for many of those living in the village, Poppy has been aiding Colin in selling poppies for this year’s Appeal, as well as helping her owner spread the word about the Legion’s work and its 2017 message – Rethink Remembrance.

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Normandy veteran celebrates 100th birthday during Poppy Appeal

On the launch of this year’s Poppy Appeal, former Royal Engineer and Normandy veteran, Ron Trenchard celebrated his 100th birthday.

Born in Highbury, North London on 26th October 1917, Ron spent his milestone birthday with family and friends at a party organised for him by The Royal British Legion’s Galanos House staff where he now resides.

The son of an Army Clerk, Ron moved to Warwickshire with his family in 1937 and soon enlisted in The Royal Engineers at the age of 22 when war broke out.

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Sale Sharks show their support for the Poppy Appeal

Sale Sharks will show their support for the Poppy Appeal tonight (Friday) ahead of their home clash with Saracens.

As well as taking time to recognise the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces community, Sharks Community Trust will also celebrate the success of Sharks Forces, a veterans’ project funded by the Royal British Legion, helping more than 40 veterans this year.

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London Poppy Day gets underway in bid to raise £1m in one day

2,000 collectors hit the capital’s streets in aid of the Poppy Appeal
London Poppy Day, the largest one-day street collection of its type in Europe was underway today, as 2,000 collectors including uniformed personnel, from the Royal Navy, the Army, and the Royal Air Force, veterans and supporters, hit the streets in a bid to raise £1m for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Collections took place at 68 tube stations and mainline stations across the city alongside performances by military bands at ten stations. The familiar voices of beloved Londoners Barbara Windsor and Shane Richie could be heard across the tube network encouraging Londoners to get into the spirit of the day and to give generously.

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Supporting Service children in School – England and Wales

The Royal British Legion have this month launched new best practice guides for improving the provision of education to Service children in state-maintained schools in England and Wales. The guides look at some of the big challenges facing Service children today and by sharing examples of best practice from across England and Wales, recommends ways in which local authorities, schools and families themselves can improve the experience of Service children in education.

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Aylesbury WW1 soldier’s family found after appeal

An original photograph of World War One soldier, Private Arthur John Nappin, is to be reunited with his family after an appeal from The Royal British Legion’s South East Midlands Team.

Based in Aylesbury, the team put a call out to the community to find Private Nappin’s lost family after his original war-time photograph was handed in to the high street Pop In Centre. Thanks to a widespread appeal, which appeared on social media, Carole Hickman, came forward after being informed by her cousin and extended family that Arthur Nappin may be a relation.

Carole said: “I was surprised to see on social media and in the paper that the Legion were actively seeking to reunite a war time photo with the subject’s family. My cousin and I delved a little deeper into our family history and we traced an Arthur Nappin back to our Grandfather, Henry William Nappin, who was from Oakley village in Aylesbury.

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Poppy Appeal 2017: The Royal British Legion introduces a modern take on ‘In Flanders Fields’ for 2017 Poppy Appeal

Lines of the renowned poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ appeared in iconic locations today – installed by The Royal British Legion to launch the 2017 Poppy Appeal and encourage the nation to rethink the meaning of the poppy and recognise it as a symbol of hope.

‘In Flanders Fields’ was written after poppies bloomed on the battle fields of the First World War, despite the death and destruction around them. It’s that life force growing in the most difficult of circumstances that connects the poppy with a message of hope. By re-creating John McCrae’s poem, in seven locations the Legion aims to bring ‘In Flanders Fields’ into modern-day consciousness, encouraging people to consider the meaning of the poppy as a symbol both of Remembrance and hope.

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