Volunteers needed for Weston-super-Mare and Worle's Poppy Appeal
PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 October 2017
Volunteers are desperately needed to sell poppies in Weston-super-Mare and Worle in the build up to Remembrance Sunday.
The Royal British Legion (RBL) will begin selling the poppies from Saturday but more people are needed to help sell them.
Last year Weston’s RBL raised £31,000 for the Poppy Appeal – a nationwide movement to help support the vital work the legion does for the Armed Forces community.
People wear the paper poppy as a symbol to remember the fallen servicemen and women who have been killed in conflict.
Poppy Appeal organiser Lyn Lovell told the Mercury: “This year we are taking on Worle as well and they usually raise around £22,000.
“We are going to aim to raise £60,000 in total across the two areas this year.
“At the moment we have 20 collectors for Weston and approximately 15 for Worle but because of the bigger area we could really do with some new volunteers to stand on the High Street with the poppy box.
“We are building up to the 100th celebration next year and we are doing anything we can to make the RBL more available to people.
“The appeal gives veterans from present and past conflicts get the help they need, both mentally and physically.”
The money will help the RBL to cope with the increased demand to support servicemen and women.
Lyn is also responsible for organising the Weston Bike Nights, which took place every Thursday over the summer, and raised £11,363 towards to Poppy Appeal.
Poppies will be available from the Mercury office and the H2O shop, both in Waterloo Street.
The Weston Remembrance Sunday service will be held at the war memorial in Grove Park on November 12.
The parade will move off from the Italian Gardens at 10.25am and make its way up to the memorial where there will be a wreath laying ceremony, a two-minute silence, hymns and a speech.
More details about the service will be available in the Mercury closer to the event.
If you would like to volunteer for the Poppy Appeal then email Lyn on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her on 07581 731307.