Poppy sellers to get chaperones after attacks on collectors last year by muslims.
Poppy sellers are to be given ‘minders’ after the collectors were subject to a string of vile attacks last year. In an unprecedented move, teenage volunteers will be chaperoned as they raise money for the Royal British Legion in Bradford.
Last year there were a spate of assaults on those asking for the donations, which go to help the families of soldiers who have been injured or lost their lives.
Three young collectors were attacked in Bradford whilst raising money for the Poppy Appeal - one of whom was just 13. This year the youngsters will be accompanied by older members of the Royal British Legion and ex Armed Forces. The Army is also going into at least one local school to talk to youngsters about the need to honour the fallen and overcome cultural barriers.
Army cadet Bethany Holmes, then 13, was one of those attacked last year. She was spat in the face by three Asian boys while collecting for the first time.
Mrs Holmes works at a multi-cultural school - Belle Vue Boys’ School in Bradford - and said the Army was coming in to explain the importance of Remembrance Sunday. 'They will be giving a talk explaining that everyone was involved in the war and the boys should appreciate that and be respectful,’ she said.
Fears that young collectors, aged from ten to 17, could be too frightened to take part this year prompted the Royal British Legion’s Riders branch to offer their services as chaperones. The Riders is a branch of the British Legion and was set up in 2004. Its members are all ex-forces motorcycle enthusiasts who wanted to support the poppy appeal and include riders of all ages from youth members to veterans in their 80s.