Call to arms to help Poppy Appeal

Eastwood’s Poppy Appeal team have issued an urgent plea for volunteers to help with this year’s fundraiser for the Royal British Legion.

Last year, the appeal raised £616,000 in Nottinghamshire for The Royal British Legion which helps serving members of the Armed Forces, ex-service men and women and their families.

However, due to an ageing group of volunteers, the number of helpers has fallen to just six and there are fears the amount fundraised this year will drop dramatically even though it is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Therefore the team desperately needs new people to help out this year to deliver and collect poppy boxes and to join money collection days in Eastwood’s Morrisons and Ikea in Giltbrook.

Nottinghamshire community fundraiser Elaine Hopkins said: “The money goes towards schemes such as helping servicemen leaving the forces train for new jobs, raising children of those killed on service and providing mobility scooters for elderly ex-servicemen.

“This year is particularly significant as it is the 100th anniversary of WW1 and people are remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can have our freedom today.”

“People can do as much or as little as they can for the appeal, all help is welcome, but without more support the funds raised will go down.”

The poppy fortnight this year runs from October 25 to November 8.

To volunteer please contact Elaine on 07500 553164 or email ehopkins@britishlegion.org.uk.