A young Methodist has been selected to sing the official 2013 Poppy Appeal single, which she will perform in front of the Queen – and six million TV viewers – on Saturday evening.
Charlotte Mellor, 17, is one of The Poppy Girls: the first all-girl group formed from Armed Forces families. She is also the daughter of the Revd Paul Mellor, a Methodist chaplain in the Forces serving at RAF Cosford in Shropshire.
Charlotte, who attends The Leys – a Methodist school – in Cambridge, appeared on the BBC One Show and BBC Breakfast television programmes this week. On Thursday she sang for the Prime Minister and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Number 10 Downing Street. The Poppy Girls single is called “The Call (No Need to say Goodbye)”.
“My faith is utterly important to me,” Charlotte said. “Something my dad taught me a long time ago was that God doesn’t love war, but he loves us and that’s extremely important to me, especially during the time of Remembrance.”
The Poppy Girls group was formed following a worldwide search within the Armed Forces community. More than 1,000 hopefuls entered a competition to win a spot in the group, which will perform in front of HM The Queen at the Legion’s prestigious Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 9 November.
Charlotte’s dad, the Revd Paul Mellor, said: “Remembrance Day for me is very personal. During my time within the military, I have had to deal with a number of families who have lost sons and daughters. I think of those families who are still suffering. It is a very poignant moment where we all stop as a nation to reflect. Sometimes, even in the midst of conflict, there is hope. We also think about those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice within that service.”
The Revd Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference, will be attending the Cenotaph Remembrance Day Service this Sunday. She said: “It will be my privilege to represent the Methodist Church at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday where I will be standing with others to remember those in the forces who have lost their lives in war and in service to this nation. We also remember those currently serving in the forces, including those appointed as chaplains. The Methodist people remember and pray for all who suffer because of war and violence and we long for peace.”