Wanted: Poppy Appeal collectors in Chesterfield

Chesterfield poppy appeal feature. Vivien Miller, Roy Backhouse, Richard Bannister and Peter Fairey.
Chesterfield poppy appeal feature. Vivien Miller, Roy Backhouse, Richard Bannister and Peter Fairey.

Volunteers are on a mission to recruit an army of collectors as Chesterfield launches its annual Poppy Appeal.

The town’s branch of the Royal British Legion will be in the town centre on Saturday, October 28, to kickstart the annual fundraising drive.

Last year’s appeal raised £50,000 and the 20-strong volunteer team which collects around the borough is keen to top that in 2017.

Vivien Miller, the branch’s Poppy Appeal organiser, said: “The people of Chesterfield are always very generous. People will buy a poppy and put twenty pounds into the tin. Last year, one woman gave us a bag of money and said ‘I don’t know how much is there,it’s all my loose change.

“People are going to food banks and struggling every day. Yet when it comes to the Poppy Appeal, they always dig deep.”

Vivien is hoping to grow the group of collectors, a handful of whom have been helping the Poppy Appeal for more than 20 years.

She said: “We need a lot of collectors - they don’t need to be ex-military. If people can only do an hour, it will make a difference.”

Recruits who contact her in advance and are willing to collect at Chesterfield FC’s home game against Carlisle this Saturday will be able to see the match for free.

The football club is backing the Poppy Appeal by organising an afternoon tea and 40s music at the Proact Stadium tomorrow (Friday), from 11am to 3pm. Tickets are £12.

Anyone who wants to help with collections can call Vivien on 01246 233664 or 07773 117034 or email: vivienmiller@
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