POPPY Appeal volunteers are needed to run the Poppy Appeal in Churt and outlying areas to ensure vital funds for the nation’s Service men and women continue to be raised.

Poppy volunteers don’t need a military connection, they just need to be organised, and enjoy interacting with others. The role involves distributing poppy boxes, liaising with local businesses, co-ordinating and recruiting collectors, recording funds etc. It is a big commitment, but the appeal organisers can tailor the size of your area of responsibility to suit your time and abilities. Volunteers will be focusing most of their efforts on the appeal between October and November, with some occasional admin work from July onwards. Training is provided and expenses are reimbursable.

Community fundraiser for Surrey British Legion Peter Wakeham said: “The role is fun, worthwhile and above all rewarding…as the money raised is used for helping people like Peter who was there for his country. When we heard Peter had been the victim of a mine blast in Helmand Province – leaving him with severe burns, both legs amputated and unable to come to terms with the loss of his comrade, we were there for him.

“We were proud to help him in any way we could so that this young man could get on with living his life as independently as possible. Veterans like Peter will continue to need the Legion’s help and support for many years to come. By taking on the role of Poppy volunteer you will help to ensure that we are here for them all.”