The Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Cahal Burke, is endorsing this year’s Poppy Appeal, featuring the iconic symbol revamped for the first time in 28 years.

Communities across Kirklees will unite on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, on 12th November, to honour those who sacrificed their lives in conflicts.

The 2023 poppy has been redesigned and is now recyclable, as the Royal British Legion strives for greater sustainability and a reduced environmental footprint.

Mayor Cllr Burke of Kirklees remarked:
“I commend the steadfast efforts of the Royal British Legion, which continues to provide vital support to armed forces personnel, veterans, and their families.

“Wearing a poppy not only signifies our commitment to never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but also to continue aiding those in need of both physical and mental support arising from conflicts, along with their families.

“Please give generously when contributing, and help the Royal British Legion maintain their invaluable assistance to those who require it.”

The new poppy, free of plastic, is fashioned from red and green paper derived from renewable fibres from responsible sources, half of which have been reclaimed from waste used in coffee cup production.

To evaluate the environmental impact of the new poppy and ensure its sustainability, the RBL collaborated with experts from University College London.

The Royal British Legion provides support to members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans, and their families.

By endorsing the Poppy Appeal and making a donation, you will be aiding the RBL in assisting those in the Armed Forces community who are in need.