How you can support Armed Forces veterans in South Tyneside through the Poppy Appeal campaign

The Mayor Cllr Norman Dick and Mayoress Jean Williamson with Royal British Legion President Cllr Peter Boyack. NOTE: The picture was taken before the outbreak of Covid-19.The Mayor Cllr Norman Dick and Mayoress Jean Williamson with Royal British Legion President Cllr Peter Boyack. NOTE: The picture was taken before the outbreak of Covid-19.
The Mayor Cllr Norman Dick and Mayoress Jean Williamson with Royal British Legion President Cllr Peter Boyack. NOTE: The picture was taken before the outbreak of Covid-19.

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South Tyneside’s mayor has joined other community leaders in urging residents to contribute towards the recently-launched annual poppy appeal.

Councillor Norman Dick and the district’s mayoress, Jean Williamson, are both calling on South Tyneside residents to get behind the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal “like never before”, with each poppy sold boosting support funds for UK servicemen and women, as well as veterans and their families.

This year, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the public is being asked to donate in a number of new ways, including online or SMS text contributions.

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Commenting on this year’s appeal campaign, the Mayor of South Tyneside and ex-serviceman, Councillor Norman Dick, said: “Every year, we support the Royal British Legion.

"We encourage people to wear their poppy with pride and pay tribute to the countless men and women who sacrificed so much to serve their country.

“In the year that we mark 75 years since VE Day and VJ Day, and deal with unprecedented public health challenges, we continue to celebrate the contribution of every member of our armed forces who stepped up to defend our way of life and continue to do so today – whatever the threat.”

The Royal British Legion provides welfare and companionship to servicemen and women, veterans and their families, including various forms of guidance and advice concerning recovery and rehabilitation.

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Peter Boyack, President of the South Shields British Legion Club, said this week: “The people of South Tyneside have always been very generous and supportive of the Poppy Appeal and for that we are extremely grateful.

“Each year, our team of dedicated volunteers make the Poppy Appeal happen, but as many of them fall into vulnerable categories, it is simply not safe for them to do face to face collections. This same risk applies to many of our supporters.

“While the pandemic has also brought home the great sense of duty we have to protect the vulnerable and our way of life, it has also had a devastating impact on people’s livelihoods, leaving some of the armed forces community in dire need of urgent help and support.

“There are a number of innovative ways for people to get involved this year and help us to ensure the continuity of vital services and support for our armed forces community.”

Ways to support the 2020 Poppy Appeal:

Visit the RBL Hebburn branch pop-up Poppy Shop in Viking Shopping Centre, Jarrow, Monday to Saturday - 10am to 5pm and Sunday - 10am to 5pm.

Visit local supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi and Asda. Online retailers such as Amazon and eBay and Lloyds Bank and Santander are also supporting this year.

Donate online at and receive a link to a printable poppy for displaying in windows.

Receive poppies in the post and help to distribute them to family, friends and neighbours.

Text to donate – Donate £2 by texting POPPY2 to 705445 | Donate £5 by texting POPPY5 to 70545 | Donate £10 by texting POPPY10 to 70545.

Sign up for virtual event, My Poppy Run – walk, run or jog, whenever, wherever and raise funds the Poppy Appeal.

Add a tribute to the Virtual Field of Remembrance.

Visit ‘The Poppy Shop’ online for a range of products and merchandise, from poppy pins and jewellery to stationery and homeware.

Share pictures and activities on social media using the hashtags #PoppyAppeal #EveryPoppyCounts

For further information about the many ways to support the 2020 Royal British Legion Poppy

Appeal visit or

South Tyneside Council will be paying its respects on Remembrance Day and Armistice Day with virtual tributes over the Council’s social media channels. Follow Facebook STynesideCouncil and LoveSTyneside and on Twitter @STyne_Council to share Remembrance activities and celebrations.

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