The Poppy Umbrella: Fundraising and Donations

Idea for The Poppy Umbrella

Lt Col Graham Parker OBE (Retired) in Ypres, Belgium, with The Poppy Umbrella.

The Poppy Umbrella was the idea of Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Graham Parker, OBE. On 11 November 1995 Graham took part in a parade to the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ieper (Ypres), Belgium. Rain began to fall and the street was soon lined with umbrellas. It being the 65th anniversary of the battles of 1915, Graham's thoughts turned to the powerful image of red Flanders poppies portrayed in the 1915 poem 'In Flanders Fields' by Canadian Army doctor and artilleryman Lt Col John McCrae. The umbrellas of 1995 and the poppies of 1915 came together in that moment as Graham's inspiration for The Poppy Umbrella.

Graham served with the British Army for 32 years and as a Retired Officer with the British Army in Belgium for a further 12 years after that. His uncle was killed in action in the First World War, a cousin was killed and missing in action in the Second World War and a number of colleagues and friends died on active duty during his own military career from the 1950s. Graham studied and visited the battlefields of the Western Front, D-Day and Arnhem for over 30 years and is a renowned guide and military historian.

Poppy Umbrellas as a Fund Raising Product

Musem shop at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London

The Poppy Umbrella was launched in May 1998 at the Chelsea Flower Show in the presence of H.R.H. The Duke of Kent. The Poppy Umbrella was a great success at the show and proceeds from the sales were received by the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Since then numerous organizations have approached Rembrella to sell The Poppy Umbrella as a means of raising funds for their own charitable work. These organizations have included charities committed to the welfare and support of today's British Armed Forces and ex-Service personnel. A number of military museums and heritage centres dedicated to the study, preservation and remembrance of the two World Wars also sell The Poppy Umbrella as a popular gift item in their shops, helping to generate funds for heritage and educational projects.

As a high quality gift item this special umbrella provides charitable, educational and heritage organizations with the opportunity to raise significant funds from their retail sales of The Poppy Umbrella.

Poppy Umbrella Retailers

Some of the organizations generating funds from their sales of The Poppy Umbrella are listed here.

Armed Forces Memorial, National Memorial Arboretum

Choose to buy your Poppy Umbrella from one of these retailers and help them to raise funds for their good work and good causes. See the list of Rembrella's Poppy Umbrella retailers to buy online or visit in person on our page at:

Poppy Umbrella Retailers

  • English Heritage (Online Shop), (United Kingdom)
  • The Green Howards Regimental Museum (Richmond, Yorkshire, United Kingdom)
  • The National Memorial Arboretum (Alrewas, Staffordshire, United Kingdom)
  • Lancashire Infantry Museum (Preston, United Kingdom)
  • REME Museum (Wiltshire, United Kingdom)
  • The Royal British Legion Poppy Shop (online), (United Kingdom)
  • The Royal Hospital Chelsea (London, United Kingdom)
  • The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum (Salisbury, United Kingdom)
  • The Royal Green Jackets Museum (Winchester, United Kingdom)
  • The Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum (Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom)
  • Union Jack Club (London, United Kingdom)
  • Australian War Memorial (Canberra, Australia)
  • FFFAIF (Families and Friends of the First Australian Imperial Force), (Australia)
  • In Flanders Fields Museum (Ieper - Ypres, Belgium)
  • Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 (Zonnebeke, Belgium)
  • Talbot House (Toc H) Museum (Poperinge, Belgium)
  • The Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Store (online), (Canada)
  • Musée Franco-Australien (Villers-Bretonneux, France)
  • Historial de la Grande Guerre (Péronne, France)
  • Musée Somme 1916 (Albert, France)
  • Thiepval Visitor Centre (Thiepval, Somme, France)
  • Juno Beach Centre (Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, France)

Poppy Umbrellas from www.rembrella.co.uk

The Poppy Umbrella is available for sale directly to the public via this website at www.rembrella.co.uk. A small number of umbrellas are also sold by us this way. As a family formerly serving with the military, and with a number of relatives who have served in both World Wars, we are proud to support a military-related charity from Poppy Umbrellas sold from this website.

The Not Forgotten Association

The Not Forgotten Association logo

From April 2013 we have made a donation from each umbrella sold via this website to The Not Forgotten Association.

The Not Forgotten Association is a registered charity which was founded after the First World War by American opera singer Miss Marta Cunningham. Almost 100 years on the charity continues to provide recreation and entertainment facilities and events for Service and ex-Service personnel, whose lives have been affected by injury whilst serving in the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force.

To make a donation directly to The Not Forgotten Association visit the website at:

Website: www.nfassociation.org

Poppy Umbrella Products

Three Poppy Umbrellas: telescopic, standard walking length and golf.

See our Poppy Umbrella styles

The Poppy and the First World War

Our sister website at www.greatwar.co.uk is full of fascinating information about visiting the First World War battlefields of the 1914-1918 Western Front.

Website: www.greatwar.co.uk

Preserved trenches at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.

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