06/11/2018 - Hampshire travel company shows pride in the poppy with latest project
Lucketts Travel transported crew from HMS Sultan to take part in The Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day
A leading Hampshire coach firm has shown its support for the UK armed forces by transporting almost 100 military volunteers to London Poppy Day. The company has also emblazoned its vehicles with poppies in support of Remembrance Day, which takes place on November 11.
Last week Lucketts Travel transported crew from HMS Sultan, the on-shore base of the Royal Navy in Gosport, to take part in The Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day. The event, on November 1 is the largest one-day street collecting event of its kind and sees veterans, serving forces personnel, civilians and celebrities raise money for the charity by selling poppies in the capital. More than 2000 collectors take to the streets for the event and major train stations across London also host music from top military bands.
In support of the event Lucketts provided three coaches, meaning the servicemen and women could easily get to the capital and raise money for The Royal British Legion by volunteering on the day. They helped to raise thousands of pounds towards the day’s overall target of more than £1m.
Lucketts’ managing director Tony Lawman said of the project: “The dedication of those at HMS Sultan is to be commended and it was our pleasure to help the team get to London. As Remembrance Day shines a light on the work and sacrifices of our armed service personnel, we’re working to show our appreciation for all they do for us.”
Lucketts is a strong supporter of the UK’s Armed Forces and military veterans. It has emblazoned 100 of its coaches with poppies in support of Remembrance Day.
Earlier this year it was presented with the Government’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) bronze award. The accolade means that Lucketts is officially classed as an armed forces-friendly company, open to employing people from the forces and their spouses. It also means the company has displayed strong levels of support for the armed forces.
Tony Lawman, a former serving member of the British Army himself, concluded: “Being based just down the road from one of the UK’s biggest and most historic naval bases, the Armed Forces are a big part of our local identity. We are proud to support the Armed Forces community both as an employer and supplier.”
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PO Higgins, AET Kay, Slt Stevens, MA Bulmer-Lindsay and PO Piper