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Events | Posted 16.11.2016

QM Girls Support Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal

Girls from Years V, LVI and UVI once again supported the Fulford Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) last week by poppy selling at three busy outlets in York.  Cliff Lawrie of RBL Fulford is always keen to accept the help of the girls on behalf of his Branch. He commented “Our members are all retired folk. It can be very tiring spending so many hours in the busy shopping areas of York so we appreciate the QM girls lightening our load”.

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The QM girls did stints at B&Q on Hull Road, Aldi on Fulford Road plus two afternoons in The Designer Outlet. As well as that activity on what would have been their free time on Wednesday and Saturday, the girls hosted a Sunday afternoon tea in the School’s Wenlock Library where poppy seed muffins were the highlight of the wonderful selection of delicacies on the table.

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RBL members kindly chatted about their wartime experiences and for QM’s James Rollinson – Head of History and Politics – it was a very valuable afternoon for his students.  “These men and women bring the past to life for QM girls and we must seize such opportunities when we can”.

LVI student Georgina Deri enjoyed her time with the RBL’s men and women.  She said “Seeing photos from the veterans’ time in the war and hearing the stories behind them was very interesting. We even got to hold badges worn by Nazi officers.”

For new member of QM staff Claire Rhodes, selling poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion was a fulfilling and rewarding experience. “The girls worked extremely hard to raise money for such a worthwhile cause” said Claire.  “It was a privilege to work alongside veterans who were not only an inspiration but who also showed a huge amount of humility and dedication.”

By Moira Richardson UVI Housemistress.

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