The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion needs YOU! Ap­peal for more Poppy vol­un­teers

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THE Royal Bri­tish Le­gion is urg­ing the great Bri­tish pub­lic to ded­i­cate some spare time and join its army of vol­un­teers for this year’s Poppy Ap­peal cam­paign.

The Le­gion’s Poppy Peo­ple cam­paign – a na­tional re­cruit­ment drive for Poppy Ap­peal vol­un­teers – is call­ing on peo­ple across Sur­rey to ded­i­cate a few hours and make a huge dif­fer­ence to the mem­bers of the Armed Forces com­mu­nity that are el­i­gi­ble for help from the Le­gion.

More than 350,000 poppy vol­un­teers are needed across the coun­try each year to raise much-needed funds to sup­port cur­rent and for­mer Armed Forces per­son­nel, and their fam­i­lies.

The Le­gion is look­ing for en­thu­si­as­tic peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds to help run the Poppy Ap­peal in com­mu­ni­ties right across Sur­rey, and wider.

Claire Row­cliffe, di­rec­tor of fundrais­ing, said: “The Poppy Ap­peal is The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s main fundrais­ing event of the year.

“Our vol­un­teers are very much the lifeblood of the Poppy Ap­peal and con­trib­ute enor­mously to the char­ity year-round, through a va­ri­ety of roles.

“The best thing about be­ing a vol­un­teer is that we wel­come all ages and back­grounds. Peo­ple don’t have to be as­so­ci­ated with the Armed Forces.

“They just need to be pas­sion­ate about the cause.”

Peter Wake­ham, CFR East Sur­rey, said: “We need vol­un­teers this year to en­sure we raise funds.

“Vol­un­teer­ing can pro­vide great op­por­tu­ni­ties for those in­volved.

“It al­lows the op­por­tu­nity to meet new peo­ple, learn new and trans­fer­able skills and be part of a team that helps the Armed Forces com­mu­nity and pro­motes un­der­stand­ing of Re­mem­brance.

“We’d love all who want to vol­un­teer with us to get in con­tact.”

To find out more about be­com­ing a fundrais­ing vol­un­teer, call Mr Wake­ham on 01273 411058 or 0782 6908603.

See www.british­le­gion. org.uk for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. much-needed

Pic­ture: Joe Ma­her/ Getty Im­ages for The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion

Shane Richie launches the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s Poppy Peo­ple cam­paign at Potters Field Park by City Hall, Lon­don.

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