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  WHITE POPPY DISTRIBUTION

Without a Permit
You can usually manage to sell white poppies in the street without a permit, provided that you move on if asked to do so by the police.

Simply take a box of White Poppies - preferably with a bundle of leaflets (and a poster to hold, telling people what you are selling) and stand in a good spot, such as a shopping centre, outside a church or hall, outside a railway station or at a bus station.

Encourage people to buy poppies and take leaflets - but don’t pester them, and don’t cause an obstruction. If the police ask you to move, do so politely. It is not advisable to argue, as you could be arrested.

With a Permit
Street selling (and street collections) are governed by the Police, Factories, etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916, which gives District Councils the right to make their own regulations. The House to House Collections Act 1939 covers door-to-door collections in the same way.

The usual practice is that, to do any of these things, you apply to the local council for a permit. Many councils only allow a limited number of ‘flag days’ in their areas. If you are granted a permit, take it with you when selling, to show to the police if they ask to see it.

Another Possibility
If you don’t feel like street selling, you can ask to put a box of White Poppies for sale in the reception area of your workplace or college. You can also offer them to friendly shops, churches, Quaker meetings, etc.

The recommended donation is 50p per poppy, but it’s up to you. If you want to avoid being accused of ‘street selling’, make it clear that you are giving the poppies to people and inviting them to make a donation, leaving them to choose the precise amount.

Where does the money go?
We distribute the white poppies each year to challenge the view that war and preparations for war are necessary or inevitable. Any money raised over and above the cost of producing, publicizing and distributing the white poppies goes to fund our peace education work some of which can be seen at LearnPeace. Such work regrettably does not attract much funding and so we heavily rely on generous donations.
To put this into context you may like to know that the PPU's annual turnover is similar to the annual salary (£95,000+) of the British Legion's chief executive. | see
Taxpayers can add value to their contributions to this work through our associated charity the Peace Research and Education Trust which can reclaim some of the tax already paid. You can find more information about PRET here.