Interserve Press Office | Oct 29, 2015
A Remembrance sculpture comprising six giant poppies was unveiled at London’s Waterloo railway station today as part of The Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day celebrations.
The poppies – each around 3 metres high and a metre wide - will serve as a collection point for public donations and a backdrop to various fundraising activities happening at London Waterloo between now and Remembrance Sunday.
The sculpture was commissioned by the FTSE250 construction and support services group, Interserve. One of London’s largest facilities management providers, Interserve is a key partner to Network Rail, managing the facilities at many of its major stations, including Waterloo. The company also has close ties with the military through its work with the Ministry of Defence.
Phil Clark, support services board director at Interserve, and Hamish Kiernan, director of retail at Network Rail, were in attendance today along with representatives from The Royal British Legion and the ‘Red Hat War Widows’ poppy collectors to celebrate the unveiling of the sculpture.
More than 70 Interserve employees – including a number of decorated military veterans now employed across the company – acted as poppy collectors on the day to support the Legion, while poppy collectors from the company will also be based at Bank station over the next two weeks. Interserve is also sponsoring Remembrance Day branding across the London transport network; partnering with Transport for London at Waterloo and Liverpool Street underground stations and with MTR Crossrail on the Transport for London rail line.
Phil Clark, board director at Interserve Support Services, commented:
“The Armed Forces are very close to our hearts at Interserve, so it means a great deal to be able to do something to support the British Legion in their invaluable efforts and be part of this very special day.
“Thanks to our partners at Network Rail for their support in creating this sculpture. We hope that it helps to raise as much money as possible for the British Legion and our service men and women around the world.”
Hamish Kiernan, director of retail at Network Rail, said:
“Network Rail has long supported the work of the Royal British Legion and our armed forces and proudly welcomes volunteer collectors and military personnel into our stations. On behalf of the RBL, we would like to thank our passengers and stations visitors for their generous contributions to this important cause.”
The sculpture will be in place until shortly after Remembrance Sunday, which takes place this year on 8 November. The poppies will later be donated by Interserve to The Royal British Legion.
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