The Poppy Umbrella: Fundraising and Donations

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

The idea for The Poppy Umbrella was that of Lieutenant Colonel Graham Parker, OBE (Retired). He was inspired to create it on a wet 11th November Armistice Day in Ypres, Belgium, as an imaginative and practical way to carry a poppy as a reminder of "Remembrance" throughout the year.

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 in action and missing in the Second World War and a number of his colleagues and friends died on active duty during his own military career from the 1950s. Graham has 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.

The Poppy Umbrella 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. Over 2,000 Poppy Umbrellas were sold at that show in a few days and the significant proceeds from these sales were gratefully received by the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Since that time numerous other organizations have expressed an interest in selling The Poppy Umbrella as a means of raising funds for their own charitable work. These organizations include charities committed to the welfare and support of today's British Armed Forces and ex-Service personnel. Also, a number of national, private and military museums dedicated to the study and remembrance of the two World Wars sell The Poppy Umbrella as a popular gift item to help generate extra funds for their own work with military heritage and education.

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

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

Armed Forces Memorial, National Memorial Arboretum

You may like 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

  • Dover Castle Secret Wartime Tunnels (English Heritage, Kent)
  • The National Memorial Arboretum (Staffordshire)
  • The Royal British Legion Poppy Shop (online)
  • The Royal Hospital Chelsea (London)
  • The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum (Salisbury)
  • The Royal Green Jackets Museum (Winchester)
  • The Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum (Armagh)
  • Royal Horticultural Society Wisley Gardens (Surrey)
  • Stonehenge Visitor Centre (English Heritage, Wiltshire)
  • The Tank Museum, Bovington (Dorset)
  • Union Jack Club (London)
  • In Flanders Fields Museum (Ypres, Belgium)
  • Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 (Zonnebeke, Belgium)
  • Plugstreet Visitor Centre (Ploegsteert, Belgium)
  • Talbot House Museum (Poperinge, Belgium)
  • 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)
  • Australian War Memorial (Canberra, Australia)
  • FFFAIF (Families and Friends of the First Australian Imperial Force), (Australia)

Poppy Umbrella Sales from www.rembrella.co.uk

The Poppy Umbrella is also available for sale directly to the public via this website at www.rembrella.co.uk. A few hundred umbrellas each year are sold by us this way, including to customers in Canada and the USA.

Proceeds from these retail sales are used directly to cover the significant business and administrative costs for Rembrella Ltd. to manufacture this special high quality product. The aim of Rembrella Ltd. is to be able to supply Poppy Umbrellas as a high quality gift item for the benefit of the types of organizations listed above. These organizations are offered the opportunity to purchase small or large quantities according to their budget and requirements, without themselves having to carry the risks of paying high manufacturing costs for this sort of product.

Proud to Support a Military-related Charity

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 with proceeds from the Poppy Umbrella sales that are made via this website.

From April 2013 we have made our donation of 50p from each umbrella sold via this website to The Not Forgotten Association.

The Not Forgotten Association

The Not Forgotten Association logo

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 go to the website at:

Website: www.nfassociation.org/donations

Donations 2008-2014

Lt Col Graham Parker gives a cheque to Help for Heroes from Rembrella's retail sales of The Poppy Umbrella.
  • A donation of £500 was made to Help for Heroes from sales of The Poppy Umbrella via this website between April 2008-March 2009.
  • A donation of £392.50 was made to Help for Heroes from sales of The Poppy Umbrella via this website between April 2009-March 2010.
  • A donation of £447 was made to Help for Heroes from sales of The Poppy Umbrella via this website between April 2010-March 2011.
  • A donation of £249 from sales of The Poppy Umbrella was made to Help for Heroes from sales of The Poppy Umbrella via this website between April 2011-March 2012.
  • A donation of £200 was made to the Help for Heroes from sales of The Poppy Umbrella via this website between April 2012-March 2013.
  • A donation of £351 was made to the Not Forgotten Association from sales of The Poppy Umbrella via this website between April 2013-March 2014.
  • A donation of £500 was made to the Not Forgotten Association from sales of The Poppy Umbrella via this website between April 2014-March 2015.

The photograph is of Lieutenant Colonel Graham Parker of Rembrella Ltd. handing over a cheque for £500 to Help For Heroes from Rembrella's retail sales of The Poppy Umbrella from April 2008- March 2009.

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.