The only people who are given major financial help are war widows on their first visit to their husband's grave. That assistance comes largely from government funds. Everyone else pays their own way so there is no great drain on the Poppy Appeal.
Finally I must point out that the Poppy Appeal is one of the best-run charities in Britain, with a smaller percentage of income going on administration than most other charities.
R J FARREN
Horsham, West Sussex