Kingston: Poppy appeal goes high-tech with contactless card machines - here's how you can support it

By Ellie Brown - Local Democracy Reporter

9th Nov 2021 | Local News

MANY people who want to support the Poppy Appeal are struggling again this year because of the increasing number of outlets which are now cashless since the pandemic.

Shops, supermarkets and pubs still have their traditional boxes and pins on the bar or at the check-out but few people carry any loose change to purchase a poppy.

The Royal British Legion, which marks its 100th anniversary this year, has tried to keep pace with technology.

For the first time it has introduced 5000 card machines where volunteers can accept any payment.

The machines can be found mostly in busy areas of footfall like stations and shopping centres.

The Royal British Legion's Assistant Director of Fundraising, Simon O'Leary, told Nub News: "In a society that is fast becoming less dependent on cash, especially since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, its vital the RBL's Poppy Appeal is able to accept contactless donations.

"We've been steadily increasing the number of contactless units available each year and we try to use these devices as effectively as possible in high footfall areas.

"Every poppy counts, and we want to ensure as many people as possible can take part in Remembrance, therefore if you don't have cash or access to a contactless unit, you can still get your poppy and donate online, by text or QR code."

A spokesperson said: "Obviously, we hope that the card machine allows us to move away from the traditional pound for a poppy donation and supporters will consider donating a little more, especially as they know how veterans are struggling in these tough times.

"Our support is a lifeline for thousands of serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.

"This year, as we mark 100 years of the Royal British Legion, we celebrate the return of our Poppy Appeal collectors in local communities.

"Our volunteers help bring together our communities and create better futures for our Armed Forces and their families.

"They share our belief that no-one who has served to protect our freedom should be disadvantaged because of the sacrifices they have made."

Here at Kingston Nub News we know that many of our readers are big supporters of the military and the welfare of our veterans.

Thousands turn out for special Remembrance Day events in our borough each year.

Poignant symbols of remembrance have already emerged in Kingston, including a tribute of over five thousand knitted poppies of Hollyfield Road in Surbiton.

So, if you are having trouble buying a poppy and making a donation, Nub News is providing a simple poster guide on how to back the Royal British Legion's campaign this year.

Find out more how you can support this year's Poppy Appeal by visiting by visiting the Royal British Legion website.

     

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