Pupils sell 800 poppies to help British Legion

Ryan Carroll, 13, and Eleanor Rose, 13, hand over the money donated for poppies at Bede Academy, in Blyth, to Richard Fullarton, branch secretary of Ashington Royal British Legion.
Ryan Carroll, 13, and Eleanor Rose, 13, hand over the money donated for poppies at Bede Academy, in Blyth, to Richard Fullarton, branch secretary of Ashington Royal British Legion.
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Students have handed over hundreds of pounds to charity after their Poppy Appeal was a complete sell-out.

Pupils at Bede Academy in Blyth supported the annual appeal by the Royal British Legion by selling more than 800 poppies within the academy in the lead up to Remembrance Day.

The youngsters also spent time learning more about the importance of Remembrance Day during their history lessons.

And on November 11, the whole academy stood in silence for two minutes, led by Principal Gwyneth Evans, in recognition of the sacrifices made by those in the Armed Forces across many generations.

Vice-principal Steve Nelson said: “The academy’s history ambassadors carried out tremendous work leading up to Remembrance Day selling poppies around the academy; in fact, they virtually sold them all on the first day so we had to order more.

“Our history department also set aside time in each of their lessons to talk about what the Poppy Appeal means today so that everyone understood the purpose of Remembrance Day.”

Pupils Ryan Carroll and Eleanor Rose, both aged 13, were chosen to hand over the money the academy had collected for poppies to Richard Fullarton, branch secretary of the Ashington Royal British Legion.