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GCHQ's Poppy Appeal just keeps growing

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2015
GCHQ’s remarkable contribution to the 2014 Royal British Legion Gloucestershire County Poppy Appeal has generated yet more funds for the much needed work of the RBL.

News article - 11 Mar 2015

The creation of a giant ‘human poppy’ in the centre of the iconic GCHQ ‘doughnut’ building in Cheltenham received world-wide attention and recognition.  

Since then staff have raised more than £5,000 in donations to the RBL, which includes over £3,300 from sales of the spectacular aerial print of the event, both as a memento and poignant reminder in the Centenary of the First World War, which gave birth to the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance and hope.

Fund-raising on the day of the event raised a further £1,730.

RBL Gloucestershire County Chairman Group Captain Anny Reid received the latest contribution at a presentation on 6 March at GCHQ.

In return, Group Captain Anny presented GCHQ with a glass plaque inscribed: "As a mark of sincere appreciation of valuable support given to the Royal British Legion Gloucestershire."

Peter Whalley, Regional RBL Fundraiser, said

"We can’t express enough how grateful we are to the staff at GCHQ, it is an amazing amount towards the work we do.

"£1.6 million is needed per week to enable the direct life-long support for our own forces and their families."

GCHQ has a long history of supporting the military, stretching back to 1914.  Whenever and wherever British forces have deployed, GCHQ has been ready to assist, providing intelligence to help to keep UK troops safe.

Viki, GCHQ’s Outreach Coordinator, said "It had been a privilege to be part of the work of the RBL on such an exciting and inspiring project.  We look forward to continuing this relationship in the years ahead."


Poppy cheque presentation
RBL Gloucestershire County Chairman Group Captain Anny Reid receives a cheque for £3,356.93 from GCHQ Historian Tony Comer. © GCHQ 2015