The launch of the Purple Poppy Appeal 2020 starts virtually with a concert on You Tube this evening, 8th June at 8pm, click on the link https://youtu.be/gGIjHEyHQ7g
The list of performers include:
Major Craig Hallett who is a director of military music and an extraordinary composer. His enigmatic ‘Elegy to the War Horse’ was recorded at The Guards Chapel, Knightsbridge and gifted to the War Horse Memorial. A CD is available from our Shop.
Captain Gary Chilton who is a serving soldier who shot to fame with the group, The Soldiers. Their album was an overnight success, going Platinum and topped the music charts for several weeks.
Christina Johnston is a coloratura soprano, nicknamed ‘The Nightingale’ and has performed to audiences all over the world.
Colin Thackery is a Chelsea Pensioner who became the nation’s favourite, winning ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in 2019.
Colin Roy is a singer, songwriter and actor. He has had leading roles in West End theatre and has toured the UK, Europe, America, Asia and Australia with numerous successful productions.
They have all given their time and talents for free, and are recording their performances under strict social distancing guidelines. The concert is free however, throughout the hour long peformance at the bottom of the screen there will be ways to donate to the Appeal.
The Purple Poppy Appeal honours the service of animals in war and for animals in need.
The War Horse Memorial said "Animal charities are particularly struggling to keep afloat during these challenging times; we have to help them survive. After all, for centuries animals have given us service and sacrifice, love, loyalty and companionship without asking for anything in return. If ever there was a time to return the favour, now is he time".