They captivated an audience of over six million at the Festival of Remembrance and reduced many of them to tears with the television moment of 2013. Now, The Poppy Girls are launching a Christmas campaign album, ‘No need to say Goodbye’ in aid of The Royal British Legion.
Inspired by the lost art of creating mix tapes for loved ones, The Poppy Girls are fronting a campaign to encourage families and friends to send compilation CDs, and playlists to family deployed abroad over the Christmas period.
The Poppy Girls have produced their own cover album of songs specially dedicated to loved ones serving abroad. All the tracks on the album have been carefully selected as holding special significance between serving father and daughter. Tracks include The Poppy Girls’ own versions of ‘I’ll Be There’ by The Jackson 5; ‘Your Song’ by Elton John; ‘I’ll Stand By You’ by The Pretenders; ‘Pipes of Peace’ by Sir Paul McCartney; ‘Wherever You Are’, the Christmas No.1 by the Military Wives, written by Royal Wedding composer Paul Mealor, ‘Ho Hey’ by The Lumineers sung by 13-year-old Alice Milburn who also plays the ukulele on the track and the more traditional ‘I Vow to Thee, My Country’.
To launch the mix tape campaign, The Poppy Girls have pledged to send every British military unit deployed overseas, a free copy of their new album, ‘No need to say Goodbye’, released on 25 November.
Alice Milburn, 13 from Portsmouth said: “The Armed Forces have been so supportive since we formed, we wanted to find a way to repay them. None of us are rich, but one thing we do have is our voices and the album, so we were really pleased when Decca agreed to support our Christmas campaign.”
Charlotte Mellor, 17 from Cambridge said: “The support that the whole Armed Forces family has shown us with the single has been incredible. From the start, all we’ve wanted to do is raise as much money as possible for The Royal British Legion. It’s a charity that does so much behind the scenes for families like ours, and this is another opportunity for us to give something back.”
Charles Byrne, Director of Fundraising for The Royal British Legion said: “These girls are incredible. They are an absolute credit to themselves, their families and the wider Armed Forces community. Not resting on their laurels, they have taken it upon themselves to continue fundraising for the Legion through their music. We are incredibly grateful.”
10-year-old Megan Adams from Stirling, Scotland, was reunited with her father Lieutenant Commander Billy Adams MBE at the Festival of Remembrance after months of separation owing to an ongoing anti-piracy deployment in the Indian Ocean. She said: “My daddy is leaving again today and I won’t see him until after New Year, but he has promised we can celebrate Christmas twice; once with mummy and again when he gets back in January. So it’s not all bad.”
View the video of their official Poppy Appeal single ‘The Call (No need to say Goodbye)” here or visit theLegion’s YouTube channel for videos of behind the scenes during recording.
Pre-order the album now from the following links:
And follow the girls on their website www.thepoppygirls.com
About The Poppy Girls
The Poppy Girls are a tri-service girl group from regular Armed Forces families. Their debut single ‘The Call (No need to say Goodbye)’ was released on Sunday 10 November and is the official anthem of the 2013 Poppy Appeal. The Poppy Girls showcased the single at the annual Festival of Remembrance on Saturday 9 November in front of Her Majesty the Queen and over six million people who watched on BBC1.
The Poppy Girls are:
Megan Adams, 10 from Stirling, whose father is serving in the Royal Navy and is on a nine month operational deployment in the Indian Ocean.Florence Ransom, 10 from Petersfield, whose father is serving in the Royal Navy and whose mother was a part of the chart-topping Military wives choir.Alice Milburn, 13 from Portsmouth, whose father is a Captain in the Royal NavyBethany Davey, 15 from Dartford, whose father is serving in the Army Reserves and has been operationally deployed several times as both a regular and reservist soldier.Charlotte Mellor, 17 from Cambridge, whose father is a Padre in the Royal Air Force and recently returned from an extended deployment in the Gulf.
See on www.britishlegion.org.uk