Join in The 1918 Poppy Pledge

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This year marks a sig­nif­i­cant an­niver­sary, the cen­te­nary of the end of World War 1 and a poignant land­mark in our his­tory.

But it’s also a chance to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence if you join The 1918 Poppy Pledge, a na­tion­wide fundrais­ing cam­paign to raise much-needed funds for Pop­pyscot­land.

The char­ity works tire­lessly to sup­port the Armed Forces com­mu­nity, and thou­sands of peo­ple have pledged to each raise a min­i­mum of £1918 this year, to hon­our our bravest and make a last­ing dif­fer­ence.

Rhid­ian Jones has signed up for the Poppy Pledge. Hav­ing served in the Army for 16 years, Rhid­ian is no stranger to fac­ing tests of strength, en­durance and stamina.

But this year, the 43-year-old, from John­stone, Ren­frew­shire, is tak­ing on a task he ad­mits is his most chal­leng­ing yet.

As part of his fundrais­ing ef­forts, Rhid­ian will com­plete a com­bined 100 miles of race events – one mile for ev­ery year since the ar­mistice.

And if that wasn’t enough, he will also take ev­ery step with 20kg

The char­ity are ask­ing schools, groups, clubs, or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als around the coun­try to step for­ward and take The 1918 Poppy Pledge, mak­ing it their mis­sion to raise £1918 by Re­mem­brance Sun­day on Novem­ber 11.

Could you rally your com­rades and spring into ac­tion to help?

Visit www.pop­pyscot­land.­py­pledge strapped to his back.

“I wanted to raise money for Pop­pyscot­land, which I think is a fan­tas­tic char­ity, but I also wanted to raise aware­ness of the fact that it is the cen­te­nary year,” ex­plained Rhid­ian, who now works in the fi­nan­cial sec­tor af­ter leav­ing the Army six years ago. “I wanted to do some­thing that would cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion – march­ing with weights is also a very mil­i­tary ac­tiv­ity, and I thought I would do 100 miles to rep­re­sent ev­ery year since the First World War. “I also wanted to do a se­ries of events through­out the year – if I had one event, I thought it would be a ‘big bang’ then it would be over and done with. Whereas I’m do­ing my events from April right through to Novem­ber 11, so I think that means I will con­tinue to cap­ture peo­ple’s imag­i­na­tions through­out the year.”

Along­side Poppy Pledgers around the coun­try, Rhid­ian has “en­listed” to raise £1918 dur­ing the course of the year, and it is hoped the schools, groups, clubs, or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als tak­ing part will help do­nate £500,000 to­wards Pop­pyscot­land’s vi­tal work.

Money raised from The 1918 Poppy Pledge will help Pop­pyscot­land pro­vide lifechang­ing sup­port to mem­bers of the Armed Forces com­mu­nity. The char­ity pro­vides tai­lored fund­ing and as­sis­tance also funds ser­vices in ad­vice, em­ploy­ment, hous­ing, men­tal health, mo­bil­ity and respite.

Pop­pyscot­land’s Head of Fundrais­ing Gor­don Michie said: “The Poppy Pledge will be a last­ing trib­ute to those who fell in the First World War but im­por­tantly, it will also al­low us to make a step change in the scale of sup­port Pop­pyscot­land is able to pro­vide those who rely on our sup­port to­day.”

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