More than 100 soldiers and volunteers join forces for Carlisle Poppy Day

The Royal British Legion aims to raise £47million across the UK Credit: ITV Border

More than 100 soldiers, cadets, veterans and volunteers have joined forces for the first Carlisle Poppy Day.

The event supports The Royal British Legion's aim to raise £47million across the UK to help fund welfare support for the Armed Forces and their families.

Carlisle Poppy Day was launched by the Mayor followed by a flash mob by the Dance Co from Central Academy in Carlisle, outside of the Old Town Hall.

Around 40 sponsored volunteers also abseiled down the Civic Centre, including British Legion volunteers, police, and local business owners.

Volunteers abseiled down the Civic Centre Credit: ITV Border

Teams of volunteers continue to collect donations and sell poppies throughout the day.

The Community Fundraiser for Cumbria, said:

Donations can be made throughout the day in Carlisle City Centre Credit: ITV Border

The Royal British Legion spends £1.6million per week on direct care and support for the whole Armed Forces family, past and present.

For more information about the charity visit