The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have launched the Royal British Legion's 2021 Poppy Appeal and spoken of how proud they are of the fundraising campaign.
As the Royal British Legion (RBL) marked its centenary, the Royals met with 10 collectors who each represented a decade of the RBL. Collectors included Jill Gladwell, 95, who is celebrating 80 years of collecting for the Poppy Appeal this year and started volunteering aged 14 during World War Two.
The youngest volunteer is ten-year-old Maisie Mead from Plymouth, who got involved with the Poppy Appeal at the age of four after her dad suffered a life-changing back injury while serving with the Army in the Royal Logistics Corps.
Speaking at the event, Prince Charles said: "This year, we warmly welcome the return of Poppy Appeal collectors to our communities. My wife and I are immensely proud to launch the Poppy Appeal in this seminal year and we invite the nation to come together and, once again, wear a poppy in support of our Armed Forces community. After all, every poppy counts."
Last year, the charity was forced to cancel all face-to-face fundraising opportunities for the first time in its history due to Covid-19. Back with a bang and better than ever, however, this year 40,000 volunteers have signed up to work on fundraising.
Last year, to show their support for the RBL with all events cancelled, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall baked decorated cupcakes which were delivered to an RBL care home in Norfolk.
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