Boris Johnson shows his support for the poppy appeal by purchasing one with contactless bank card

BORIS Johnson bought his poppy from the Royal British Legion volunteers yesterday using his contactless bank card.

The PM showed his support for this year's poppy appeal which has been hit hard by the covid pandemic.

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There will be 12,000 fewer collectors on our streets raising money for veterans and their families and with cash not so covid secure, The Sun has been urging readers to buy a donate online, buy a poppy in a supermarket or go on a fundraising run.

It is vital every poppy counts, and we want to help the Legion raise £50million.

The PM bought a poppy from Royal Navy’s AB (Writer) Laura Chisholm, the Royal Air Force's Flt Lt Ollie Smith and the Army’s SSgt Ilaitia Vuki.

The PM said: “We mustn't let these difficult times stop us from doing proper honour to the memory of those who gave their lives for our freedom and our safety in the wars that have gone by.

How to be a poppy star

THE pandemic may have stopped thousands of sellers from hitting the streets — but it doesn’t have to stop you from buying a poppy. MIKE RIDLEY looks at some of the ways you can do your bit for the appeal by going to:

  1. Fundraise for appeal: Move to Remember and the 11/11 Challenge are among the fundraising suggestions from the appeal itself. Free fundraising packs on the website will give the help and support you will need.
  2. Poppies in the post: Help make up for the reduced number of volunteer collectors by requesting 20 poppies free of charge from the RBL — and then giving them to friends and family yourself in return for a donation.
  3. My poppy run 2020: Run, walk or jog any distance, anywhere and at any time. Get family and friends involved to raise cash. And buy a T-shirt to run in and a medal to give to yourself afterwards!
  4. Visit the poppy shop: There is an extensive range of products from poppy pins and jewellery to clothing, stationery and homeware. All profits fund the Legion’s work in supporting the Armed Forces community.
  5. Make online donation: Alternatively, you could just visit the British Legion’s website and make a donation. You can choose a one-off payment or set up a regular amount — and no amount is too small.


“Although, alas, we won't see as many poppy sellers out on the streets this year as we do every year, I hope that nonetheless, you’ll make up for that and make sure that you buy a poppy this year, whether online or at the supermarket.

“And always remember the proceeds go to support the families of those who have given so much for our freedom and this for this country.

“So remember every poppy counts.”

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