Each year Abels likes to support this appeal to help them continue with their vital welfare and benevolent work with Britain’s Armed Forces, past and present, including their families who are in need of assistance.
The poppy was first suggested as a symbol of remembrance in 1918 because of its significance on the battlefields of France during the First World War. The British Legion adopted the emblem and all the poppies used were originally supplied from France. When this was established in Britain in 1922 disabled ex service personnel were the main employees.
Originally poppies were sold leading up to Armistice Day on 11th November, the day when the Allies of World War 1 agreed the cessation of hostilities with Germany at Compiegne, France and at the eleventh hour. This day is also called Remembrance Day and Veterans Day.
New charity legislation now requires the poppies to be “distributed” in return for a donation. Abels are therefore proud to show the large poppy on the grill of all it’s company vehicles, cars and vans, as well as offering staff the chance to wear the poppy in the few weeks leading up to the 11th November. There is a strict protocol on how early the poppy can be shown. Abels donation was £235 which included the profits made from the kitchen sale of chocolate during the same period (well done Helen).
We wear the poppy with pride.