Help for Heroes is proud to be supporting the 100 year anniversary of the First World War at the Tower of London, with the installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies from 5 August to 11 November 2014.
The poppies will fill the Tower of London's famous dry moat, creating a display to inspire personal reflection and will be a powerful visual commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
In collaboration with ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper, the Tower's new installation of over 800,000 ceramic poppies will be unveiled on 5 August, one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.
During the First World War, the Tower’s moat was used to swear in over 1,600 men who had enlisted by the end of August 1914 at the recruitment station in the City to form the 10th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers - the so called ‘stock brokers battalion’ who fought for the duration of the war.
The ceramic poppies will be available to buy for £25 each from 5 August 2014 and details on how to purchase poppies will be released shortly.
The net proceeds, which we hope will be in excess of £15m if all poppies are sold, will be shared equally amongst a number of carefully selected service charities.
The service charities chosen are Help for Heroes, Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Royal British Legion and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).
Help for Heroes and the Tower of London need your help to make this event truly spectacular!
With over 800,000 poppies to install around the Tower, we will need our amazing H4H community to get involved.
Volunteers are invited to take part in this special event between 18 July and 1 August 2014.
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