Le­gion ap­peal for vol­un­teers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Char­ity bosses have ap­pealed for vol­un­teers to help or­gan­ise this year’s Poppy Ap­peal to make sure ev­ery­one can take part in Re­mem­brance com­mem­o­ra­tions.

The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion says its small branch team in Ash­ford is strug­gling to en­sure poppy boxes and pop­pies reach schools, work­places and homes be­cause of the growth of the town.

The le­gion’s East Kent com­mu­nity fundraiser, Julie Roper, says vol­un­teers are des­per­ately needed.

She said: “Mem­bers of the Ash­ford branch have man­aged the ap­peal for years but we need to get other peo­ple in­volved.

“It doesn’t have to be an exser­vice per­son or a le­gion mem­ber, just some­one with a pas­sion to help, good or­gan­i­sa­tional skills and some free time to spare mainly in the Oc­to­ber to Novem­ber pe­riod.

She added: “Last year alone more than £23,000 was raised for the ap­peal in Ash­ford.

“It could be so much more if we could re­cruit more peo­ple to help.

“More and more fam­i­lies and ex-ser­vice men and women need our help. It’s im­por­tant to do as much as we can to help them.”

To get in­volved con­tact 07833 480272 or email jroper@british­le­gion.org.uk.

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