Jane Stevenson, MP for Wolverhampton North East, is encouraging residents across the city to put pictures or drawings of poppies in their windows ahead of Remembrance Sunday on 8th November.
With remembrance services scaled back this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, she is urging people to find other ways of showing their support to our Armed Forces and those who have given their lives fighting for our country.
The Royal British Legion has voiced concerns about the impact that coronavirus will have on its fundraising efforts this year, with fewer people using shops and High Streets where they would usually donate and get a lapel poppy.
Poppies will still be available in shops this year, but people can also buy a whole range of products in the RBL online shop or make donations online.
The RBL is also providing colour posters on its website that can be printed and put up in windows, as well as ones that can be coloured in and then displayed.
Wolverhampton Council announced last week that their annual remembrance service in St Peter’s Square has been significantly cut back to just six attendees and an online stream of the service.
Jane said: “I have always been proud of the way that Wolverhampton comes together and pays tribute to our brave Armed Forces on Remembrance Sunday. In Wednesfield last year I was one of hundreds of people taking part in the service and parade.
“Sadly this year we won’t be able to gather together in large numbers, but we can all still pay our respects to those who have given their lives for our country. We can still support the amazing work of the RBL Poppy Appeal by donating online or in local shops.
“I am encouraging everyone in Wolverhampton not only to donate to the Poppy Appeal, but to display a poppy drawing or picture in their window. We have some really creative people in our city, and I know children will have some brilliant ideas for poppy designs. This is a simple yet meaningful way of paying tribute to the men and women who fight to protect us.”