Wanted: 100 volunteers for Poppy Appeal

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 October 2015

Volunteers are needed for the Poppy Appeal.

Volunteers are needed for the Poppy Appeal.

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ONE hundred volunteers are desperately being sought in Weston-super-Mare for this year’s Poppy Appeal, amid concerns it cannot match the success of 2014.

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Last year, Weston alone raised £33,777 to support members of the armed forces and their families – a 31 per cent increase on the year before.

The Mercury has teamed up with the Royal British Legion (RBL) to help to recruit 100 volunteers who can give as little as one hour a week to selling poppies.

Without the volunteers, the RBL fears it will not match its success of 2014, where nationally the charity raised £45.4million, its highest ever total.

Adam Brown, said: “Weston really needs support.

“The lady who runs Weston is the youngest at 60 and we are trying to recruit as many people as we can to give up an hour or two hours a week.

“We just need a few more people out on the streets collecting so we can make so much more money.

“If we can get some fresh blood into the Poppy Appeal, that would be a really good thing.”

The success of last year’s appeal has been partly put down to the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One and the poppy memorial at the Tower Of London, which meant the symbolic flower was regularly on the news.

Hutton raised £14,154 last year, a four per cent increase on 2014, while Worle collected £16,905, a rise of nine per cent.

Banwell also had a successful year, recording a 41 per cent increase in takings, raising £10,242.

Around £8,000 of this was raised in Morrisons, but due to the limited number of volunteers, they were only able to collect there for a week.

Mr Brown said: “Imagine how much more they could have raised if they had the extra support.”

If you can give as little as an hour a week to sell poppies, contact Adam Brown on 07795 611494 or email adbrown@britishlegion.org

* We want you to tell us when you are out selling poppies, or when you have bought yours. Simply tweet us at @WSMercury or use the hashtag #WestonPoppies to share your pictures.


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