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Tuesday, 02 June 2015

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Cumbria Poppy appeal launch at paper factory

THE Royal British Legion has teamed up with a Cumbrian paper mill once again to help produce around 40 million paper poppies.

James Cropper PLC in Burneside has worked with the Legion for more than 30 years, producing the coloured card which is used to create the famous symbol, worn proudly by millions.

The launch of the 2013 Cumbria poppy appeal will include the broadcasting of a film at the Cumbrian paper factory which captures the production of the iconic symbol.

The inaugural screening of ‘The Paper to Poppy Story’ will be shown on October 24 at James Cropper’s Burneside Mills headquarters in front of invited guests.

The poppy has been used since 1920 to commemorate soldiers who have died in war and inspired by the World War I poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.

Phil Wild, CEO of James Cropper, said: “All of us at James Cropper plc are honoured to have worked with the Royal British Legion for more than 30 years, and fully support and respect the fantastic job that they do for our veterans and their families.

“We feel that we are contributing in some small way to this valuable cause, and are very proud to play a role in the creation of the 40 billion paper poppies produced each year by the Poppy Factory to support their fund raising campaigns.”

James Cropper supplies the red and green papers that combine to make the iconic symbol of remembrance, and a team of people work all year round to make millions of poppies at the RBL Poppy Factory.

Alan Whitmore, community fundraiser for Cumbria and the Isle of Man at The Royal British Legion, said: “Last year we spent the best part of a million pounds in our towns and villages across Cumbria but there are still far more opportunities that we can take and the telephone lines never stop ringing, so please do all you can to help us raise as much as we possibly can as we seek to meet the needs of all these people who desperately need our help.”

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