LAZY FRIDAY: REMEMBRANCE DAY

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This Sunday (November 11) is Remembrance Day – and ceremonies and services are taking place all over Britain.

But if you can’t make it to a service near you, please take part in the national two minutes of silence at 11am on Sunday. You can also log into a virtual garden of remembrance to take part in a ceremony on Poppy Island.

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t listen to the Last Post without the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. And if you’ve never heard the Last Post – it’s time you did :

Hopefully you’ve already bought your poppy but if not, there’s still time! And, if you’re the adventurous type and love cycling, then you could help in a much bigger way.

Every year, the Royal British Legion organises Poppy Bike events – and in 2008, it is planning three different rides – Pedal to Paris, Bike to Brussels and – a special one-off for the more experienced cyclist – Bike to Biarritz.

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This year’s Paris ride (277 miles) was the most successful ever and raised around £300,000 for poppy support services. Almost 300 people took part and got to bike through picturesque and historic scenery – including the Somme region – before finishing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris.

A special Poppy Bike website gives you information about the cost of taking part, advice on equipment and luggage and (most importantly) training tips to make sure you’re up to the ride. Once you sign up you will also receive a PR and fundraising pack to help with raising sponsorship.

Often, groups of friends join the ride together but lots of people sign up on their own and have great fun and make friends en route. (Application forms for next year’s rides will be available on the British Legion website soon so look out for them.)

Sadly, there’s NO way I could cycle 27 miles – much less 277 – so I’ve settled for joining the poppy’s new awareness campaign on Facebook where you can send poppies to your friends. The target is 111,111 poppies by Sunday, so log in and start sending !!

Susan

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