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Public urged to ‘give generously’ as military charities suffer during pandemic

Poppy Appeal volunteers are unable to carry out as many traditional face-to-face collections this year.

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With traditional face-to-face collections for the Poppy Appeal unable to take place due to the coronavirus pandemic, fears have been voiced that millions could be lost this year (Crown Copyright/PA)

With traditional face-to-face collections for the Poppy Appeal unable to take place due to the coronavirus pandemic, fears have been voiced that millions could be lost this year (Crown Copyright/PA)

With traditional face-to-face collections for the Poppy Appeal unable to take place due to the coronavirus pandemic, fears have been voiced that millions could be lost this year (Crown Copyright/PA)

Northern Ireland’s Veterans Commissioner has urged the public to continue donating to military charities as the sector suffers under the pandemic.

The Royal British Legion has issued an urgent plea for this year’s Poppy Appeal as volunteers are unable to carry out as many traditional face-to-face collections due to the pandemic.

While poppies remain available in supermarkets and donations can be made online, there are fears millions of pounds in donations could be lost from collections across the UK.

Veterans Commissioner Danny Kinahan has urged the public to remember military charities in Northern Ireland.

“This Remembrance Week, I want you all to not only remember those who have died so we can enjoy our lives but all our service men, but also to think of all the charities that look after our veterans,” he said.

“It is those very charities that make their lives possible and meet their needs.

“And all those charities are struggling for funding, so please this Remembrance Week, look at how well you can fund those charities and please give generously.”

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