By Tom Crosby
JUDY MURRAY launched Poppy Scotland’s annual fundraising appeal today at Stirling Castle.
The event saw the beginning of a campaign of fundraising and remembrance that aims to beat last year’s total of £2.64 million.
Leigh James, a spokeswoman for Poppy Scotland, said Ms Murray was chosen to open the event due to her high profile.
She said that “every year needs to get off to a good start” and as Ms Murray is from a military family she has a deep connection with the campaign.
Both Ms Murry’s father and paternal grandfather served in the British Army, with her other grandfather a member of the RAF.
At yesterday’s launch Ms Murray was also joined by 11-year-old Megan Adams from Stirling. Miss Adams is a member of the Poppy Girls – five young Scottish girls chosen from 1,000 hopefuls to release a commemorative fundraising single for the appeal.
The Royal Navy was represented by her father, Lieutenant Billy Adams, who was there with his wife Cheryl, herself a naval veteran. Mr Adams recently returned from active duty off the coast of Somalia to surprise his daughter during a liveperformance, reducing her to tears.
Fields of remembrance will be open in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens and Inverness’ Cavell Gardens from next Monday for one week. They will include hundreds of crosses sent in by members of the public each inscribed with personal messages.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh airport control tower and The Hydro in Glasgow will be lit in red to commemorate the event.
The money raised will provide help and support to ex-servicemen and their families as well as funding the Royal British Legion’s personal recovery centres.
Poppy Scotland is taking donations via its ‘text to give’ service as well as online, by phone, post, or street collections.
Details of how to donate or volunteer can be found on its website.