Stick-on poppies will save £26,000

Poppyscotland is to replace many of its pin-on poppies with a stick-on version, which will save the charity £26,000 a year. The charity says the money saved will be spent supporting ex-servicemen and women.

Poppyscotland, a charity registered in Scotland, said the pins were the most expensive part of the four millions poppies it produced each year.

Up to now, the charity has spent about £30,000 each year providing poppies with pins attached, but this year it will distribute stick-on poppies as well as poppies with stems that can be attached with pins. This new approach will cost the charity only £4,000 a year.

A spokeswoman for the charity said the quality of the poppies would also improve because, in past years, many pins had fallen out of the poppies during transportation. The money saved could be used to “provide direct financial assistance for ex-servicemen and women and their dependants”, she added.

Unlike the Poppy Appeal, which is run by the Royal British Legion in the rest of the UK, poppyscotland does not attach leaves to its poppies. The charity says attaching leaves would cost it £15,000 a year.

A spokeswoman for the Poppy Appeal said it would itself be trialling stick-on poppies in some areas.

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