Speaking during a Holyrood debate marking 100 years of the Poppy in the UK, Martin Whitfield MSP paid tribute to Poppyscotland, the veterans at Lady Haig Poppy Factory and the day to day welfare support that the charity offers Scotland’s Armed Forces community.

The member’s debate gave MSPs the opportunity to reflect on this important Centenary year of the Poppy, the annual Scottish Poppy Appeal and the work undertaken by Poppyscotland on behalf of veterans and the wider Armed Forces community.

Mr Whitfield considered the symbolic importance of the poppy over the last hundred years, remembering and thanking those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for others, and the different forms it takes in different countries around the world.

The South Scotland MSP used the debate to appeal to young people to consider becoming involved in Poppyscotland’s fundraising activities, including its annual Sportive cycling fundraiser which takes place in East Lothian and the Scottish Borders.

Speaking after the debate, Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to this member’s debate to mark 100 years of the Poppy in the UK. It was an honour be involved in helping to acknowledge this historic milestone and pay tribute to everyone involved in Poppyscotland’s work supporting our Armed Forces community.  

“I know that people across the South Scotland region feel a close connection to the Poppy and the annual Poppy Appeal, with many involved in fundraising activities. This includes the Poppyscotland Sportive which sees participants cycle through the Borders and East Lothian, finishing in Prestonpans.

“I was particularly keen to thank the many young people who have become involved in the Poppy Appeal and to encourage others to come forward and help Poppyscotland raise the funds it needs to continue providing its vital services.”

Further information about this year’s appeal and how the public can support it can be found at www.poppyscotland.org.uk.