Poppy Scotland Appeal launched

John Lamont with Scottish Borders Council Armed Forces and Veterans' Champion Cllr John Greenwell, Will Murray,head of the Coldstream branch of Poppy Scotland and Coldstream resident John Elliot
John Lamont with Scottish Borders Council Armed Forces and Veterans' Champion Cllr John Greenwell, Will Murray,head of the Coldstream branch of Poppy Scotland and Coldstream resident John Elliot

Borders residents are being urged to show their support for our veterans by wearing a poppy on Remembrance Day.

After attending the launch of this year’s campaign in the Scottish Parliament, Roxburgh, Ettrick and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont, said: “It was great to be at the launch of this year’s Poppy Scotland campaign in the Scottish Parliament. The Borders was well represented at the event and it was good to see so many people there to support this year’s appeal.

“Each year Poppy Scotland does fantastic work in helping ex-servicemen and women after they have left the armed services. With support groups set up throughout the country, they can provide counselling and support to those who need to adjust to life outside the Army, Navy or RAF.

“This year’s campaign is asking for Scots to skip having a sugary snack or drink at their next coffee break, and instead donate the money towards Poppy Scotland. Even a small donation can make a big difference and having just 50 people donate can fund their service for an entire day.”

“That’s why I would encourage everyone to get involved in the campaign. Not only will skipping a snack make you healthier, you will also be donating money towards a great cause.”

John was joined at the launch by Scottish Borders Council Armed Forces and Veterans’ Champion, Mid Berwickshire councillor John Greenwell.

Councillor Greenwell added: “Services will take place across the region to mark Remembrance day this year, It is vitally important that we never forget the sacrifice given by others for our freedom and safety I urge everyone to wear their poppy with pride.”

caption: MSP John Lamont with fellow Borderers who attended the launch, Councillor John Greenwell, Will Murray, head of the Coldstream branch of Poppy Scotland, and John Elliot from Coldstream