Inverness gets behind 2015 Appeal

28th October 2015 Fraser Bedwell

56 serving members of The Black Watch 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland joined together at their Fort George base to create a stunning poppy tribute.

The Army’s enthusiasm and support for the Appeal is being echoed all over Inverness. A reception took place in the Town House, hosted by the Provost and attended by volunteers and supporters of Poppyscotland, the charity that runs the annual campaign. Tins and poppies are available across the city, two poppy-up shops have opened in the Eastgate and Inverness Castle and Ness Bridge will also be lit up in red every evening until 11th November. A Field of Remembrance is being built by volunteers on 28th-30th October before opening to the public in Cavell Gardens from Monday 2nd November.

Those travelling by train can also visit Inverness station on Monday 2nd November and share what the poppy means to them in a special selfie booth, using the hashtag #MyPoppyMeans

Poppyscotland has partnered with ScotRail to bring selfie booths to six stations over six days to enable the public to share video and picture selfies on social media, either by using their own descriptions or choosing from a selection of prepared key words. The images and videos will then be shared on Poppyscotland’s website. People will be encouraged to make a donation to the Scottish Poppy Appeal either by text, going online or putting money in a poppy tin.

The theme of the 2015 Scottish Poppy Appeal is Donate like you mean it and Poppyscotland is aiming to raise as much money as possible so it can continue to support those in the Armed Forces community who need it most.

Poppyscotland’s Head of Fundraising Colin Flinn said: “Our welfare centre in Inverness is making a huge difference to the lives of many in the Armed Forces community. We rely on public donations and it’s thanks to local people getting behind the Appeal that we can continue to deliver local life-changing services. Inverness has always got behind Poppyscotland in the past and I hope that once again this year people will think about what the poppy means to them and, importantly, donate like they mean it so that we can raise even more money this year to continue our life-changing work.”

People can support the 2015 Appeal by taking a video or photo selfie using the hashtag #MyPoppyMeans and sharing on social media then donating like they mean it by putting money in the poppy tins, texting POPPY to 70800 to give £3* or going online at