By Scott Mills
In honour of the servicemen and women who have died in conflict and those who continue to give up their today for our tomorrow, the Weir Archer Academy have this weekend raised money for the Poppy Legion Appeal.
Founded by veterans after the First World War, the British Legion launched the Poppy Appeal not only to remember those who lost their lives in conflict but also to help support all of our armed forces all year round.
The Academy led by their coaches Jenny Archer MBE and David Weir Cbe, managed to raise money for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal by completing their very own 5K Poppy Run in Richmond Park.
To show their support for this great cause, each member of the academy wore a Poppy Appeal t-shirt in order to show their appreciation and respect to those who have lost their lives in battle.
With at least 108 million people killed in the wars during the 20th century, many members of our academy have had family members or friends that were involved in the armed forces.
In fact, Academy Head Coach Jenny Archer MBE who has a huge admiration for our country’s servicemen and women, holds a very special place in her heart for what the Poppy symbolises after losing her 24 year-old cousin in WWII.
Due to the Poppy becoming an emblem of Remembrance Day, it also gained a personal meaning for Archer after she planted a poppy seed on his grave which eventually grew through where it fully blossomed.
Many of our younger athletes who weren’t alive during the war, but had family members that fought for their country also wore their poppies with pride.
For example, Olivia Gallagher’s Grandad was involved in the armed forces which is just one of the reasons why she wore her poppy with pride to show her support which is something 10-time Paralympic medallist David Weir Cbe feels is important.
“I think it is very important that our younger generation are educated on what Remembrance Day is about, so that we can continue to honour and remember our soldiers and the fact they lost their lives to make the world a better place for us all.”
If you would like to donate money to help support our armed forces you can do so by visiting the Poppy Legion Appeal website.