Last Sunday my poppy from Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red arrived. It came in a special box with a certificate of authenticity and a booklet Your piece of history.
The booklet highlights Paul Cummins, the ceramic artist who had the idea, the men and women from Derby, Stoke-on-Trent and Aylesbury who made the poppies, Tom Piper, the theatre designer who created the instillation in the moat and some significant dates from 17th July when the first poppy was planted by the longest serving Yeoman Warder to Armistice Day.
The booklet also contains information about the six charities which shared the proceeds from the sale on the poppies.
The Confederation of Service Charities, www.cobseo.org.uk
Combat Stress www.combatstress.org.uk
Coming Home www.coming-home.org.uk the charity which provides specially adapted houses for seriously injured service men and women.
Help for Heroes www.helpforheroes.org,uk
The British Legion www.britishlegion.org.uk
SSAFA, formerly the Soldiers,
Sailors, Airmen and Families Association www.ssafa.org.uk
which provides care and support for Veterans and their families throughout the