The Animal Purple Poppy Fund 2021
Launch June 8 – Please support
Today we launch our Animal Purple Poppy Fund 2021. We have chosen June 8 to raise money for animals in need as it was exactly three years ago that Poppy our majestic war horse memorial was unveiled in Ascot. Fittingly, our emblem is a purple poppy and already an army of Ambassadors and volunteers are busy placing boxes of pin badges in their local garden centres, supermarkets, pet stores and equine centres. They sell for a suggested donation of £2 (plus £1 for postage and packaging if you buy from our shop). On request, we can offer knitted poppies of various sizes for horses, dogs and cats too, for a donation of £3. Visit our shop by clicking here. If you have a charity that could benefit from our work, or you just want to get involved, email Margaret at email@example.com. For more information click here.
War Horse Memorial stamps
In a first for War Horse Memorial – and in support of our chosen charities – we are honoured to present this exclusive set of commemorative stamps which have been produced by the Isle of Man Post Office. https://www.iompost.com/stamps-coins/collection/dedicated-collection-of-special-collectables-to-remember-the-fallen/
‘Elegy to the War Horse’ features four stamps from the island’s WW1 collections and four stamp labels and is a beautiful collection reflecting the emotion of the horse in war. Embedded is a unique and free zap app to hear music through the stamp sheet. Also featured is a bespoke wrap and CD, Elegy to the War Horse, written by Major Craig Hallatt, Director of Music and Officer Commanding The Band Of The Household Cavalry, a haunting and enigmatic tribute to war horses everywhere. The composition is performed by The Guards’ Chapel Orchestra, and pays tribute to the millions of British, Allied and Commonwealth horses, mules and donkeys lost during World War I, including 100 animals requisitioned from the Isle of Man. Two horses, Imp and Molly survived and returned to the island to peacefully live out their days.
The EP also features tracks by The Soldiers and The Treorchy Male Choir, and marks the unveiling of Poppy, our national War Horse Memorial in Ascot two years ago by the nation’s Guides and Brownies who named her.
The Isle of Man Post Office have gifted us limited edition packs to raise money for our chosen charities and are available to pre-order from the Isle of Man Post Office: https://www.iompost.com/stamps-coins/collection/dedicated-collection-of-special-collectables-to-remember-the-fallen/
I Spoke to you in Whispers
Poet and author Neil Andrew contacted us this week to share his wonderful poem about a soldier and his horse, which is particularly poignant as we remember animals of war and animals in need through our Animal Purple Poppy Fund…
It was written for a recent competition to reflect on the horse in war. Neil tells us although the poem wasn’t shortlisted – we find that surprising – he put it on Facebook and its already been seen by over two million people, and has been read out at memorial services in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
Neil, who runs a livery yard business in Warwickshire but is originally from Wales, has put his words to video, kindly recorded by Frank New. He writes under the name N E W Ireland and I Spoke To You In Whispers is included in a recently-published collection of poetry entitled Tales From A Dark Meadow which is based around country life. It includes thought provoking poems about the way that the countryside is changing, including the sad loss of family farms, the rigours of horse racing, the beauty that nature provides and the emotions of the people who manage and work in the rural environment. Its available from Amazon, price £12.
Poppy’s Meadow officially unveiled
“Ever since Poppy, the War Horse, first graced the Parish of Sunninghill and Ascot with her presence, she has been the talk of the town and brought delight to residents and visitors alike. Obviously she also provokes thought; thought and remembrance for the bravery of all animals supporting those defending freedom and peace, especially during the First World War…”
These are the wonderful words of Allison Sharpe, Chairman of Sunninghill & Ascot Parish Council as she officially unveiled a breathtaking Meadow of Purple Poppies, created especially by talented local artist, Jenna Fox and scattered around Heatherwood Roundabout, in Ascot – home to our magnificent bronze monument.
Jenna says she drove SIX times round the roundabout, mesmerised by Poppy’s beauty and strength. She explains: “I thought WOW, the purple was a light bolt. I had just completed a flower installation at The Sculpture Park in Guildford. My daughter was shouting at me, mum what are you doing, but I kept thinking I could make purple poppies that would sit under the horse and complement her amazing fortitude.”
The result is this magnificent installation, lovingly made over many hours, positioned at the feet of our giant bronze and to now officially unveiled by Councillor Sharpe ahead of Remembrance Sunday to remember animals of war, She added: “This is a wonderful initiative from War Horse Memorial , hoping to raise further funds for a variety of equine and animal charities in the UK. It gives me great pleasure to see such an enterprising idea work so well, whilst helping to boost morale and lift spirits during the pandemic. Poppy has definitely established herself as a special local landmark and is beautifully enhanced by her surrounding meadow.”
Alan our co-Founder was on hand to capture the moment. He says Jenna’s work is both powerful and enigmatic, and believes the people of the Royal Borough, and our army of volunteers and supporters across the UK and beyond, will see the beauty and simplicity in this extraordinary installation. “Its already getting many wonderful comments as local people stop to admire Jenna’s wonderful work. And we are indebted as always to Councillor Sharpe who has been a great friend and supporter of War Horse Memorial from the very early days. We are so lucky to have such wonderful friends and supporters.”
Purple Poppy Wreaths
Many of you have been asking how you can buy purple poppy wreaths to commemorate the service and sacrifice of animals in war. We recommend that you make one out of knitted poppies (pictured here). They look really impressive and are very durable and can withstand the autumn weather. All you need is a simple and cheap circular wooden base (available from many inexpensive stores at a cost of about £6), and a handful of knitted poppies. Simply glue the poppies onto the base, wait to dry and either paint the back of the wreath purple or glue on more poppies. If you are struggling to make or find knitted, purple poppies please let us know and we will send you a batch. When you lay your wreath at your local war memorial take a photo and send to us so we can share with other kind-hearted folk.
In these uncertain times many of you have been asking how you can help us raise money to support our good causes. Our usual fundraising events are on hold or postponed. However, there is one way that you can help that we hope won’t break the bank… would you consider making a monthly donation to The Animal Purple Poppy Fund? A regular income means we can plan ahead and commit to long term projects; It means our charities know they can rely on us and it will help us invest in their future. Many are struggling to survive and that means the lives of the animals they care for could be at risk. Throughout the years – in peacetime and war – animals have been there for us. Now more than ever they need our support.
Just £3 a month will buy a bale of hay for ponies like Patrick
Just £5 a month will buy antibiotics for rescue dogs fighting an infection
Just £10 a month could buy horses like Gus nutritious vitamin and mineral supplements
Famous faces supporting a great cause
This is the stellar line up of celebrity entertainers who have given their time and talents for free to support our virtual variety show, in support of Mane Chance Sanctuary. The concert premiered on National Animal Day on YouTube, but don’t worry if you missed it… just click the Youtube link below when you are ready to watch and it will play. Already many hundreds of people have done just that and made their donations to support the work of this incredible charity. Acclaimed actress Jenny Seagrove is the founding Trustee of Mane Chance Sanctuary and she says she’s been “blown away” by the support and kindness shown by everyone. She tells us; “This is an amazing concert with brilliant performers whose talents I am truly in awe of. I can promise that every penny we raise will go towards caring for our wonderful animals.“
Brian Conley is not only a well known comedian, TV presenter, singer and actor, he is one of our best loved panto stars – not bad for a young hopeful who started his career appearing in an advert for hot dogs! Importantly, he completes the stellar line up of artists who have come together to entertain tonight at our virtual variety concert, in support of Mane Chance Sanctuary.
And what a spectacular show it promises to be. Hosted by comedienne and impressionist, Hilary O’Neil there will be performances from (in order of appearance) Marti Pellow, Max Fulham, Jenna Lee-James, Jamie Allan, Jon Courtenay, Colin Thackery, Jess Robinson, Pete Matthews, Pete Howarth, Christina Johnston and Brian Conley. These wonderful performers have given their time and talents for free hoping you will be generous with your support.
Despite her young age, Christina, nicknamed “The Nightingale” has addressed audiences all over Europe, Asia and South America. She was accepted with scholarship when she was just 18 to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She has sung for the Presidents of the Czech Republic and the People’s Republic of China – but she sings exclusively for us – and you – in support of Mane Chance Sanctuary at our virtual variety spectacular. We are honoured to have Christina as an Ambassador for War Horse Memorial and she sings A Million Tears, the official song for National Animal Day, specially written by Warwick, Young and Maclean.
She joins a stellar line up of wonderful artists who have given their time and talents for free. They hope that you will, in turn, be generous and support the wonderful work of Mane Chance Sanctuary. Tune in tomorrow night (Sunday) at 8pm on YouTube here …
Brilliant to be announcing that Jenna Lee-James, singer and star of musical theatre is joining us for our spectacular virtual variety show, premiering this coming Sunday, at 8pm on YouTube in support of Mane Chance Sanctuary. Jenna has just finished touring the globe with Hugh Jackman as his featured vocalist on his World Arena Tour. She has worked extensively as a leading artist in the West End and on tour in the UK, and has just released her debut album ‘On the Edge’. As you know we have designated August 23 as the first annual National Animal Day, honouring the service of animals in war and providing a lasting legacy for animals in need.
We launch in style, courtesy of YouTube and a galaxy of celebrities and stars who will entertain you from the comfort of your own home. They have all given their time and talents for free, hoping you will be equally generous to help a great cause. Details to the YouTube link can be found HERE and on our twitter, instagram and facebook channels, but meanwhile check out Mane Chance Sanctuary at: www.manechancesanctuary.org Meanwhile, sales of our purple poppy pin badges and knitted poppies – the official emblem of National Animal Day – are flying off our virtual shelves… and there’s still time to get yours as we have extended our campaign until early Autumn. We are able to offer three sizes suitable for equines, dogs and cats. Visit our SHOP to find out more.
Acclaimed actress Jenny Seagrove has a career that spans theatre, film and television. What you might not know is that she is also the founding Trustee of Mane Chance Sanctuary, the benefiting charity of our spectacular virtual variety show, which takes place on Sunday (August 23) at 8pm. We have also designated Sunday as the first National Animal Day, when we hope you will wear your purple poppies with pride to honour the service of animals in war and help us provide a lasting legacy for animals in need. The Youtube link can be found HERE – which guarantees your front row seat to enjoy our incredible line up of stars, who have given their talents and time for free to support Jenny and her team.
Mane Chance Sanctuary has a passion, a dream, that through the work they do with their horses for people in need, they will be able to “prove the value of the horse as a healer”. The horses are all rescued animals who have suffered situations of abuse, neglect or abandonment and they clearly understand how difficult and complicated life can be. Jenny explains that now feeling safe, loved and cared for at the Sanctuary, these wonderful animals give themselves so generously to her visitors who need a little support too… as she puts it, “helping us to help them.”
Comedian Joe Pasquale has continued to delight audiences with his live stand-up tours for over 30 years. Along the way he’s voiced characters for Hollywood movies, children’s television animation and starred in The Muppets’ 25th Anniversary show. Joe was crowned King of the Jungle in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here in 2004 and has appeared on five Royal Variety Performances. He is also a valued patron at Mane Chance Sanctuary, and although he can’t join us for our variety show spectacular this Sunday (August 23) he has sent this message of support and will be watching – as we hope you will be – hoping we make lots of money for such a worthy cause.
Keep checking our website and social media channels for more information as we countdown to the concert, which will be shown on YouTube on August 23 at 8pm. This is also the first annual National Animal Day, honouring the service of animals in war and providing a lasting legacy for animals in need, and we hope you will be wearing your purple poppies with pride.
Drum roll please …Crazy juggler Pete Matthews can usually be found entertaining the passengers on luxury cruise liners. But he’s on board for our variety show next Sunday and we are delighted he’s joined our stellar line up of wonderful performers all giving their time and talents for free in support of the wonderful Mane Chance Sanctuary. They include Marti Pellow, Colin Thackery, Pete Howarth, Max Fulham, Jon Courtenay and our wonderful compere Hilary O’Neil – and there’s more to come!
The concert will premiere on YouTube at 8pm on Sunday, August 23. This is the day we have designated National Animal Day to remember the animals that have given service and sacrifice in war and support animals in need today. We will be sharing the link details very soon and hope you will be able to join us for an evening of exceptional entertainment.
Max Fulham is a comedian, ventriloquist and comedy performer, whose love of entertaining he says was sparked by performing made up shows for anyone who would stand still long enough! The legendary illusionist and magician Uri Geller rates Max as “one of the best ventriloquists I have ever seen – and believe me I’ve seen hundreds worldwide.” Max is the youngest – and latest entertainer to join our stellar line up of wonderful artists who will appear on our virtual variety show on August 23, at 8pm. in support of the wonderful charity Mane Chance Sanctuary.
As you know we have designated August 23 as the first annual National Animal Day, honouring the service of animals in war and providing a lasting legacy for animals in need. We launch in style, courtesy of YouTube and a galaxy of celebrities and stars who will entertain you from the comfort of your own home. They have all given their time and talents for free, hoping you will be equally generous to help a great cause. Details to the YouTube link will follow shortly on our website and social media channels, but meanwhile check out Mane Chance Sanctuary at: www.manechancesanctuary.org
Announcing Britain’s Got Talent 2019 winner Colin Thackery is joining our stellar line up of celebrities who’ve signed up for our Virtual Variety Show spectacular on Sunday, August 23. Chelsea Pensioner Colin shot to fame when he wowed judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon – and became a national treasure.
The show premieres on YouTube at 8 pm, and all proceeds raised will support the wonderful work of Mane Chance Sanctuary, in Surrey, which cares for horses and ponies. We will be sharing the YouTube link to the concert very soon so please stay tuned and check out our social media and Mane Chance website: manechancesanctuary.org
With just over a week to go to our star-studded virtual concert, in aid of Mane Chance Sanctuary, we are proud to announce that the wonderful performer, Marti Pellow – the Pride of Scotland – is the latest entertainer to join our star-studded line up.
Marti Pellow’s career began when aged 17 he formed a band with school friends in Clydebank that became Wet Wet Wet. They achieved more success than just about any other band at the time. It was also the years that greatly developed his songwriting, schooled him in production and arranging, gave him huge stage confidence and style and the growth of arguably the greatest white should voice in pop. Since then he has had a remarkable career in musical theatre and has a fan base that spans the world.
We have designated August 23 as the first annual National Animal Day, honouring the service of animals in war and providing a lasting legacy for animals in need. We launch in style courtesy of YouTube and a galaxy of celebrities and stars who will entertain you from the comfort of your own home. All proceeds will be used to support the wonderful work the team and volunteers at Mane Chance Sanctuary do to rescue and rehabilitate abused, abandoned and old horses, integrating them with the local community. Keep checking our website and social media channels for more information as we countdown to the concert.
Pete is an English musician, who is the lead singer of the legendary band The Hollies, and a successful solo artist who has worked with many artists, including Cliff Richard and The Who – and is the next star to sign up for our virtual concert on Sunday, August 23 at 8pm. He played Roy Orbison in the musical Only The Lonely at London’s Piccadilly and Whitehall Theatre’s to critical acclaim and co-wrote the musical ‘Robin Prince of Sherwood’. Pete says far back as he can remember, he has always loved music and hopes he always will. We have designated August 23 as the first annual National Animal Day, honouring the service of animals in war and providing a lasting legacy for animals in need. We launch in style courtesy of YouTube and a galaxy of celebrities and stars who will entertain you from the comfort of your own home.
All proceeds will be used to support the wonderful work the team and volunteers at Mane Chance Sanctuary do to rescue and rehabilitate abused, abandoned and old horses, integrating them with the local community. More detail to come on Sunday, when we reveal our next special guest.
We can reveal that the second celebrity who has signed up for our virtual concert on Sunday, August 23 at 8pm is Jon Courtenay, star of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, and winner of Ant and Dec’s Golden Buzzer. On Twitter, Jon lists himself as a ‘pianist, singer, composer and comedian. Occasional magician. Father of two. Husband of one. Lover of laughter and life.’ His original song wowed the BGT judges and the nation, but at our concert he sings especially for us and you, hoping you will give generously to support a great cause.
We have designated August 23 as the first annual National Animal Day, honouring the service of animals in war and providing a lasting legacy for animals in need. We launch in style courtesy of YouTube and a galaxy of celebrities and stars – who we will reveal one by one – who will entertain you from the comfort of your own home. All proceeds will be used to support the wonderful work the team and volunteers at Mane Chance Sanctuary do to rescue and rehabilitate abused, abandoned and old horses, integrating them with the local community. More detail to come later in the week, when we reveal our next special guest.
We are delighted to announce that acclaimed entertainer Hilary O’Neil, who is renowned for her laugh-out-loud comedy and her incredible impressions, will host our spectacular variety concert on Sunday, August 23, in support of Mane Chance Sanctuary. We have designated August 23 as the first annual National Animal Day, honouring the service of animals in war and providing a lasting legacy for animals in need. We launch in style with a virtual concert – courtesy of YouTube and a galaxy of celebrities and stars who will entertain you from the comfort of your own home. All proceeds will be used to support the wonderful work the team and volunteers at Mane Chance do to rescue and rehabilitate abused, abandoned and old horses, integrating them with the local community.
Please keep watching this space and check out our twitter, instagram and facebook pages as we are setting up links to premiere on YouTube at 8pm on Sunday, August 23 and will be able to share details soon and announce one by one the stellar line up who have given their time and talents for free – hoping you will be generous with your donations to support such a worth cause.
Important day for your diary
Sunday, August 23 is now designated the first annual National Animal Day, honouring the service of animals in war and providing a lasting legacy for animals in need. We are launching in style with a spectacular variety concert – courtesy of celebrities and stars who will entertain you from the comfort of your own home. We are proud to announce Mane Chance Sanctuary is the benefitting charity, and all proceeds will be used to support the wonderful work the team and volunteers do to to rescue and rehabilitate abused, abandoned and old horses, integrating them with the local community. Please keep watching this space and check out our twitter, instagram and facebook pages as we are setting up links to premiere on YouTube at 8pm on Sunday, August 23 and will be able to share details soon and announce the stellar line up who have given their time and talents for free – hoping you will be generous with your donations to support such a worth cause.
National Animal Day 2020
While we remember horses, mules and donkeys with our purple poppies you have been reminding us that over two world wars tens of thousands of dogs and cats also perished. Their contribution and sacrifice was immeasurable, and yet little is said or done to commemorate the role they played – at home and on the battlefield. Today we redress the balance; we are announcing that this August 23 we will also be remembering dogs and cats too. As we wear our purple poppy pin badges with pride, we hope that you will show your support for all animals by honouring the service of animals in war to help us provide a lasting legacy for animals in need. You have asked us to provide knitted purple poppies that your beloved animals can also wear and, thanks to kind-hearted knitters from across the UK and the Commonwealth, we are able to offer three sizes suitable for equines, dogs and cats. Check out these poster boys and girls modelling our knitted poppies – and visit our SHOP to find out more.
Our grateful thanks to Charlie, Cowboy, Harvey, Jake, Kayla, Pebbles, Ruby and Treacle..
We launched this year’s Appeal (Monday August 19, 2019) with Miss Great Britain 2019, Kobi -Jean Cole, who wore a dramatic cloak made up of thousands of knitted purple poppies sent from all corners of Great Britain and Australia, Canada, Cyprus, New Zealand and the USA at the Animals in War Memorial in Hyde Park – an appropriate venue dedicated to all animals that served and died alongside British and Allied forces in wars and campaigns throughout time.
Kobi-Jean, a 23-year-old anti-bullying ambassador from Bristol, says she was honoured to have been chosen to launch the appeal and to wear with pride the cloak of many poppies made by hundreds of kind-hearted people. “I have always been an animal lover, and so it was a great honour for me to have been asked to launch this year’s appeal to support such worthy causes.” In truth, we have been both astonished and humbled by the way the Great British public have taken the cause to their hearts. From this month the animal charity Blue Cross is selling boxes of our emblematic purple poppy pin badges in its high street shops and across its hospitals, clinics and rehoming services. Meanwhile our network of organisations, pet stores, schools and supporters across the UK have been busy already, and our growing army of Ambassador volunteers are enthusiastically selling them. If you are interested in buying our pin badges, which sell for a suggested donation of £2 then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last July (2018) we launched the first national appeal when a million purple poppy petals fell from the skies over Windsor Castle to remember the service and sacrifice of horses, mules and donkeys during the First World War.
As music played, riders and horses dressed in uniforms of the Great War proudly rode through the spectacle as a low-flying plane dropped the petals, watched on by thousands of spectators, including HM The Queen’s granddaughter and Olympic equestrian, Zara Phillips, who agreed to wear our purple poppy pin badge.
The display featured the acclaimed international soprano Christina Johnston, singing A Million Tears especially composed for the project by Warwick, Young & Maclean, and produced by North Star Music Publishing.
We have designated August 23 as National Animal Day to honour the service of animals in war and to provide a lasting legacy for animals in need.
We were delighted to have sold all 5,000 pin badges in support of our chosen charities.
This year we are delighted to report we have pre-orders for 250,000 such is the appeal of the purple poppy and its significance to people all over the UK and the Commonwealth.
More than 200 guests attended our Anniversary Charity Ball, at The Pavilions suite at Ascot Racecourse, hosted by our great friend Chris Hollins. So much has happened that it’s extraordinary to believe it was only this time last year that we unveiled Poppy our magnificent War Horse, created by our amazing sculptor Susan Leyland and cast by the talented folk of the Black Isle Bronze Foundry in Scotland.
That night we launched our intent to support our wonderful chosen charities – The Household Cavalry Foundation; Mane Chance Sanctuary; World Horse Welfare; Brooke; Blue Acre; RDA Windsor and Ascot Driving Group and more recently we have added the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund to that number. We were delighted to announce partnership working with the Edinburgh March Riding Association and the animal charity Blue Cross. Acclaimed soprano Christina Johnston sang our anthem songs ‘To Glory‘ and ‘A Million Tears‘ (beautifully written by Warwick, Young and Maclean) as canons fired paper petals There were musical performances too from Beau Dermott and Britain’s Got Talent winner Colin Thackery, who with Christina we announced as our three latest Ambassadors.