Poppy Appeal fundraisers needed in town

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Dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers across Sussex are being sought to form part of The Royal British Legion’s army of fundraisers for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

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

This year people in Sussex are being asked to come forward to help boost the Legion’s team of fundraising volunteers. The Legion is looking for people of all ages and backgrounds to help run the Poppy Appeal in local communities across the nation.

We need Poppy Appeal Organisers for Eastbourne, Newhaven and Uckfield.

Charles Byrne, the legion’s director of fundraising, said, “The Poppy Appeal is The Royal British Legion’s main fundraising event of the year, and it is the UK’s biggest charity campaign.

“The Appeal simply wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support we receive each year from our valued volunteers.

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

“Last year was a great year for us and we hope that this year will see even more people become volunteers and join the Legion team to help keep alive the memory of the fallen and support the future of the living.”

One of the Legion’s volunteers who will be taking to the streets in Lindfield, Sussex, is Pauline Parkyns.

Pauline said, “All I can say is that I have volunteered as a Poppy Appeal Organiser in Lindfield for the past 16 years and I have found it to be very fulfilling.

“I am always humbled by the amount of money that Lindfield donates, and I feel that the public is with me in realising what a worthwhile cause we are helping.

“I am lucky to have a great team of collectors, many of whom I have inherited from the former Poppy Appeal Organiser which shows how loyal they are.”

Pauline added that she hopes more people in the county will follow in her footsteps and volunteer their time.

To find out more about becoming a fundraising volunteer in Sussex during this year’s Poppy Appeal, contact Sonja Moss, East Sussex Community Fundraiser on smoss@britishlegion.org.uk or 07879667144

For further information on the work of The Royal British Legion visit www.britishlegion.org.uk

The Royal British Legion provides support in almost all aspects of life. It is known for provide care for physical disabilities, but the charity also offers specialist compensation advice, help with debt and emergency situations, and support through grants and loans.

It also helps former service men and women with mental health issues to support people through transitions.

The Legion also offers families of serving and ex-service personnel the chance to take a break and get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life with free week-long adventure breaks to children.

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