‘No poppies to sell’ in Dronfield if role is not filled

There could be no poppies sold in Dronfield if role is not filled.
There could be no poppies sold in Dronfield if role is not filled.

A leading military charity is urging people to come forward and help out after a long-standing volunteer stepped down.

Dronfield Coun John McGrory has sold poppies for The Royal British Legion for more than 14 years and is leaving the post.

The charity has said if an organiser is not found, there could be no poppies sold in Dronfield and the surrounding areas.

Christine Selden, community fundraiser for Derbyshire said: ‘The Poppy Appeal organiser is the face of the Poppy Appeal in the local community.

“Without our network of volunteers, the Poppy Appeal simply wouldn’t exist and it is crucial that we find new organisers before the start of the appeal, otherwise there will be no poppies available in Dronfield.”

Christine said the Derbyshire patch is one of the most successful regions for fundraising after members of the public raised a massive £785,000 in 2014.

However, The Royal British Legion has warned the fundraising efforts could be hit if a candidate does not come forward.

“This fantastic fundraising work, which ensures that the RBL’s welfare work with ex-servicemen and women and their families can continue, relies on the hard work and commitment of volunteers,” Christine said.

The Royal British Legion is looking for a volunteer or a group of volunteers to organise the annual Poppy Appeal in Dronfield and also for a volunteer organiser for the Coal Aston, Unstone and Apperknowle areas.

The responsibilities include organising delivery of boxes of poppies to local businesses, schools and other community venues and their return after Remembrance Sunday as well as ordering wreaths for Remembrance Day.

For an informal chat about the role and what it involves, contact Christine on 07973 750816 or email cselden@britishlegion.org.uk