On 11 November 1921, the first ever cloth Poppies were sold and more than nine million had been made, but such was the nation’s desire to remember those lost during the Great War, that they sold out almost immediately. That first Poppy Appeal raised more than £106,000 – a significant sum of money at that time – and the funds were used to help support Veterans find jobs and homes.
The Poppy has become an enduring symbol of our gratitude and every year since then, tens of millions of people across the world wear a Poppy as a visual pledge of honour to remember those who sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. In the days leading up to November 11, Poppies can usually be seen in every corner of this great country. This show of support and display of remembrance would not be possible without the efforts of thousands of Legionnaires who volunteer to distribute Poppies to the community through schools, community organisations, local businesses, council buildings etc.
However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions imposed upon us all as a result of the Coronavirus, events and fundraising efforts will take on a different format to those held in previous years.
Dumfries and Galloway Council are asking for your support to show appreciation in alternative ways this year – let us all remember together by displaying a Poppy alongside the rainbow in your windows on the week running up to Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, 11 November 2020. We would be grateful if you could kindly spread the word throughout your local communities, with neighbours and friends etc. We would love you to receive photographs of your designs or indeed of any that you see when out and about for our Community Bulletin, social media etc and these can be sent to us at Community.Councils@dumgal.gov.uk.
In addition, our colleagues at Legion Scotland are asking for our support to share information on their Just Giving Page for Poppy Appeal 2020 across social media networks and with all our contacts.
Councillor Archie Dryburgh, Armed Forces Champion said:
“Every year we see that people across Dumfries ad Galloway support the Poppy Scotland Appeal, and the Appeal want to thank you for your continued support. However, this year because of Covid19 this will be much harder to raise funds for this charity. In my role as both Armed Forces Champion for Dumfries and Galloway Council and as an Area Secretary for Legion Scotland, I am very aware of the significant increase in the needs of our Veterans and ex-Service community not only in Dumfries and Galloway but also across Scotland.
I am therefore asking our communities across Dumfries and Galloway to show your appreciation and help us not to forget, by displaying your Poppy and by making a small pledge to Poppy Scotland on the Just Giving Page for Poppy Appeal 2020.
I know that the people of Dumfries and Galloway will support this years’ appeal and for that we are all very grateful.”
PCDT have responded to the recent call for community consultation by the Portpatrick Community Council.
You can read our response here. We are expressing concern about the lack of clarity and sparseness of the evidence supplied in order for a balanced judgement on the merits of the proposal. We have also asked PCC to comment on the decision to refer to the area as “Portpatrick Harbour Playpark” rather than “Euan’s Playspace”.
You can follow Euan’s playspace on Facebook:
Well done team PCDT!
We have been collating the numbers for our Covid resilience work to feedback to D & G Council. The following help was offered to vulnerable and shielding members of our community over the last 26 weeks up until 15th October.
- provision of food parcels,
- emergency payment for utilities,
- provision of hot and frozen meals,
- a listening ear,
- delivery of essential medication
- transport to Doctor and Ophthalmic appointments
- Shopping for those who are in complete isolation
- Sign-posting and advocacy services
- Financial Support (Elec and Phone bills)
The numbers for specific services are:
- Regular Hot meal Service – for 37 people – 567 Hot Meals
- Shopping Service – for 25 People – 96 Shopping trips – 16 Individual Families
- Regular Food Parcels Delivered for 23 People – 88 Food Parcels – 13 Individual Families
- Doctors Visits for – 2 people – 10 trips
- Medicine pick-ups – 14 People – 92 medicine pickups
- Advocacy Support – 10 people – 12 Successful interventions
This adds up to 111 individual support services, but there is some duplication/ overlap. We have helped 67 unique individuals. Thanks to all our volunteers but a very special thank you to Heather who has been doing 2-3 and sometimes 4 or more visits to Stranraer per week and has handled all of the advocacy support work. She has achieved some great successes getting additional medical and mental health support and accessing universal credit payments and getting housing benefits cuts reversed and negotiating utility build payments etc. not to mention some appliance repairs, lightbulbs changes and getting a new carpet fitted!
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