Poppy collectors will be scaled back this year as Royal British Legion focuses on contactless donations amid coronavirus pandemic
- Royal British Legion poppy sellers are a regular feature of the British high street
- However, this year, charity will have to scale back amid coronavirus pandemic
- Charity is considering cashless methods to protect teams of elderly collectors
The Royal British Legion has announced it will scale back its Poppy Appeal street collectors and focus on contactless donations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The charity is hoping to introduce ‘point of sale donations’ which would allow shoppers to donate online or at supermarket tills.
They will also be asked if they would like to round up their total, as the charity aims to raise money for veterans and serving military personnel while following coronavirus restricitons.
Many of the poppy sellers for the Royal British Legion, which raises more than £50 million a year, are elderly, with the charity keen to ensure they are protected from the virus.
The Royal British Legion will scale back its poppy collectors this year to protect them amid the coronavirus pandemic (stock)
The collectors are a regular site on British high streets, gathering money up to November 11 every year.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the charity is looking at proposals to avoid the exchange of cash between hands.
A spokesman for the Royal British Legion said: ‘While the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the ways in which we can deliver the appeal this year, the Poppy Appeal 2020 is very much still going ahead and plans are well under way.
‘The safety and wellbeing of our volunteers, staff and members is paramount.
‘We have taken the decision to advise collectors who fall into the vulnerable category not to take part in activity on behalf of the Poppy Appeal that would expose them to any additional risks while coronavirus is still present.
‘Members of the Armed Forces Community are suffering significant hardship as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak and we at the Royal British Legion will do everything we possibly can to support them during these difficult times.’
Many of the poppy sellers for the Royal British Legion are elderly and the charity is keen to protect them and the rest of its workforce (stock)
They added that all Poppy Appeal organisers had been ‘made fully aware’ of the changes.
They could also be asked ‘to help with wreaths and school packs’ – though this has yet to be confirmed, ‘as schools may not want the packs’.
The organisation stressed that the Poppy Appeal was not cancelled or postponed. ‘We just have to conduct the appeal in a different format.’
‘The safety and wellbeing of our volunteers, staff and members is paramount’
‘The Poppy Appeal 2020 is very much still going ahead and plans are well under way’
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