press release
Published: 26 October 2018

University of Surrey helps to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation

By Natasha Meredith

The University of Surrey in partnership with the Royal British Legion today (26 October) commemorated the centenary of the end of World War One and officially launched this year’s Poppy Appeal in Surrey.

Joining us to mark this momentous occasion and to say ‘Thank You’ to the generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world was HM Lord Lieutenant of Surrey Mr Michael More - Molyneux and High Sheriff of Surrey Mr Jim Glover, both of whom officially received the first poppies in the county.

Mr More-Molyneux said: “Everyone has a connection to the First World War, and we all have a reason to say ‘Thank You’ for the legacy that extraordinary generation left for us.

“The First World War left countless legacies that positively impact our lives today, from ground breaking social change and timeless works of art to pioneering innovations. As we come to the end of the First World War Centenary, now is the time to come together in our communities and say ‘Thank You’ to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives for our freedom.

“This Poppy Appeal, wear your poppy with pride to support the Armed Forces community past and present. Every donation received will make a real difference to the lives of service men and women, veterans and their loved ones.”

Professor Michael Kearney, Provost and Executive Vice-President at the University of Surrey, said: “Hosting the launch of the Poppy Appeal in Surrey is a tremendous honour and I am extremely pleased to welcome the Royal British Legion to the University.

“78 of our staff and students, when we were based at our first home in Battersea, lost their lives during World War One and it is important that campaigns like the Poppy Appeal occur, helping us remember and appreciate the sacrifices of others.”

To say ‘Thank You’ to those who served during the First World War, an eight foot poppy has been created at the Rik Medlik Building at the University of Surrey as a canvas for staff and students to write their messages of gratitude.

This poppy will then travel to Tunsgate Quarter in Guildford on 30 October for members of the public to add their messages, and will remain there until after Remembrance Sunday on 11 November.

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