Isle of Wight Scouts have announced the winners of their Poppy Appeal Challenge in support of the Royal British Legion.
After the coronavirus pandemic meant scouts, along with other individuals and organisations, had to observe the national two minutes silence standing by their front doors at home, they were asked to create a large commemorative Poppy. Entries were received from scouts of all ages, scout leaders and members of the public.
Councillor Ian Ward, president of the Isle of Wight Royal British Legion, joined the judging panel. He said: “In what has been a challenging year for everyone I was pleased that the scouts, like many other organisations on the Island, were still able to support the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Sunday. There were some really impressive poppies made by the scouts as part of their competition and it was a difficult choice for the judging panel.”
The three winners will receive certificates, a set of Scout Top Trump cards and a copy of chief scout Bear Grylls’ survival skills book on shelter building. Two runners up will also be recognised for their efforts.”
Gary Meek, deputy county commissioner with Isle of Wight Scouts, said: “It’s been a very unusual year with almost all of our normal Scouting events and activities cancelled. We’ve been working to provide alternative activities for our young people as we know they need the support scouting offers them more now than usual. Many of our virtual activities have involved parents and siblings, too, and have brought families closer together, helping them cope with the problems caused by the pandemic. We were very pleased to be able to work with the Royal British Legion at this special time and to have so many of our scouts join in the activities.”
If you’d like to get involved with Island scouting, whatever your age, go to isleofwightscouts.org.uk.