Poppy Appeal volunteers needed

IT is that time of year again, and I am asking for help in recruiting a few new collectors in Papplewick, Linby and Newstead for the 2011 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

This year is the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Royal British Legion, and the demand for its welfare support continues to grow.

You will be all too aware from the regular news bulletins and pictures of British servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country being repatriated through Wootton Bassett and the greater number who return home with severe injuries and require continuous support.

There has been only one year since 1945 when a British serviceperson has not been killed in action and that was 1968. In addition to those affected by the current conflicts, we must never forget the sacrifice and needs of those and their dependants from previous conflicts.

This help is provided through the Royal British Legion which last year raised more than £35 million through the Poppy Appeal, including the record amount of £7,000 raised by our branch, Papplewick and Linby. This year’s appeal will be launched on October 27.

I will shortly be contacting those collectors who have assisted in previous years and hope that they will again be willing to carry out this important task.

However, further assistance is always appreciated, particularly with new housing in the area and the fact that the streets and drives seem to get longer and steeper each year. Therefore I am again asking for help to ensure that we are able to carry out a complete house-to-house collection

The work involved in the collection is not onerous and involves approximately four hours of your time between October 27 and November 11, to call on houses in your designated streets. The gentle exercise is also beneficial and is accompanied by the knowledge that you are helping a very worthwhile cause.

If you feel you are able to give a little of your time, please ring me on 01623 793146 or e-mail me at denis.j.baker@sky.com

DENIS J.BAKER,

Branch Poppy

Appeal organiser,

Swinton Rise, Ravenshead.