Article Source: Scottish Poppy Appeal
First Published: 5 November 2020 14:16
Updated: 5 November 2020 14:16
University of Glasgow (Gilbert Scott building), Glasgow water tower, Tron Theatre, ScottishPower, SSE Hydro, St Margaret's Scottish Episcopal Church, The Forge Shopping Centre, Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church, Glasgow Central Station Clock and Kelvingrove Art Gallery will join the nation-wide ‘Light Up Red’ campaign which continues until Remembrance Day (11 November) and aims to raise awareness of those who have served, those still serving and their families.
The restrictions on the movement of people and dramatic drop in the number of volunteers who usually hand out poppies on busy high streets, has led to the Poppy Appeal facing its biggest challenge in generations. This year’s Light Up Red campaign serves as a reminder to the people of Scotland that acts of remembrance and support to the Armed Forces community must continue, despite these unprecedented times.
Members of the public are being encouraged to take pictures of their local landmarks which have been lit up red and share them on social media, tagging @Poppyscotland and using the hashtags #LightUpRed2020, #Behindthemalways and #ScottishPoppyAppeal2020.
Gordon Michie, head of fundraising at Poppyscotland said: “Seeing so many landmarks up and down the country, glowing red in tribute to Scotland’s Armed Forces community past and present, is truly breath-taking. 2020 has been one of the most challenging years in the history of Poppyscotland, but the breadth of landmarks and businesses involved in this campaign shows that Scotland still stands shoulder to shoulder with our country’s service personnel.
“The Poppy Appeal is our biggest fundraising initiative of the year. However, due to the lack of volunteers on the streets we are unlikely to see anything like the typical level of donations. We hope that seeing these iconic landmarks bathed in poppy red will act as a powerful reminder of the need to support this year’s Appeal more than ever, and in different ways. We are hugely grateful to all those who have supported us this far, but still have a long way to go to hit fundraising targets.
“Thousands of veterans rely on our support and we urge the public to donate online and ensure that their sacrifice is not forgotten.”
Most buildings will be lighting up from now until Armistice Day, on 11th November. For more information including the full list of locations across Scotland, and detail on timings, please visit www.poppyscotland.org.uk/Light-Up-Red.
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