Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has raised over £66,000 for The Royal British Legion’s 2016 Poppy Appeal.
The company installed a three-metre high sculpture featuring six colourful ceramic poppies at the UK’s most popular train station, London Waterloo, which it commissioned to act as a focal point for commuters wishing to donate during the two weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday.
More than120 Interserve employees also collected money at the station on London Poppy Day, 3 November, to support the Poppy Appeal. The company’s team of fundraisers included former service men and women that now work for Interserve. London Waterloo was the most successful fundraising station in the capital for the London Poppy Day appeal. A number of employees also collected funds as part of separate appeals at locations across the UK, including Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.
Phil Clark, business development director at Interserve, said:
“The Royal British Legion is a charity close to the heart of Interserve. Many of our employees are ex-service men and women and the company has a strong partnership with the military, providing facilities services for major defence organisations including the United States Air Force’s UK estate and the Ministry of Defence. We are also currently building a new clinical rehabilitation centre for the armed forces (the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre) near Loughborough, which will improve and advance treatments for injured service men and women. The response from our employees and the public to this year’s appeal has been outstanding. We’d like to thank everyone for their donations, large and small.”
Former veteran and armed forces relationship manager at Interserve, Richard Thornely, commented:
“The Poppy Appeal is so much more important than most people realise. Not only is it a reminder of our nation’s dedication to ensuring our society remains free and democratic and the personal cost of this, but the funds raised are also essential in providing support to ex-service personnel and their families.
“I joined Interserve 10 years ago following a career in the Army with tours in Germany, Northern Ireland, Canada, the first Gulf War and Croatia, so it has been great to see Interserve’s support to the Armed Forces.”
Interserve is one of the world’s leading support services providers, with over 80,000 employees worldwide. It holds a number of high-profile accounts in the transport industry with companies such as East Midlands Trains and Network Rail, and manages the facilities at stations across the country including London Waterloo.