De Gruchy’s Funeral Care in Jersey and Argent Funeral Care in Guernsey are supporting the Royal British Legion Centenary Poppy Campaign, in commemoration of the First World War.
The campaign is encouraging as many people as possible across the British Isles to plant poppy seeds in remembrance of WW1, in the lead up to August’s centenary milestone.
De Gruchys’ and Argent, which are part of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society, will be supplying free packets of Flanders poppy seeds to primary schools across Jersey and Guernsey, as well as a number of clubs and associations, encouraging the youth of the islands to take part in the initiative.
Additionally, to raise money for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Jersey and Guernsey, The Channel Islands Co-operative Society are selling packets of Flanders poppy seeds in its Grand Marché and Locale stores from today (Monday 7th April). Packets will cost £1.50 each and all profits will be donated to the Poppy Appeal.
‘At De Gruchy’s we are delighted to be supporting such a worthy campaign. Being an ex serviceman myself, I have great admiration for the work of The Royal British Legion in providing financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces and their families, past and present. I hope as many islanders as possible take part in this campaign and in doing so help us raise money for this years Islands Poppy Appeal’ said Gary Tye, De Gruchy’s Funeral Care Manager.
‘This year we remember the the First World War and the millions who lost their lives during that horrific conflict. The Royal British Legion was formed as a result to give care and support to those maimed and bereaved. The Poppy Appeal is the major single source of revenue for the RBL and sadly each year more people come to the Legion for help. Daily we read of young servicemen and women employed in peacekeeping duties in many parts of the world, often in considerable danger, and this means that there will always be a need to provide help for them and their dependants, when they themselves no longer can. Since these first Poppy Appeals we now have over 9 million veterans, serving personnel or their dependants who can call on us for help. It is initiatives like this by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society that enables us continue with our work and we thank them very much for this, said Jan Egre, Chairman of the Poppy Appeal RBL (Jersey) Branch.