THIS YEAR’S Poppy Appeal was officially launched by Bromsgrove Royal British Legion last Thursday (October 8).
The organisation is looking for volunteers to spare as little as an hour to sell poppies, either on their street or door to door between October 26 to November 7 or in Bromsgrove Town Centre on Remembrance weekend (Friday, November 6, and Saturday November 7).
Anyone interested should call Fred Pearson on 0121 445 6755 or Patrick Smith on 07949 789841
Volunteers are also needed to sell poppies at Morrisons in Bromsgrove on November 6 and 7.
Those able to do that should call John Spencer on 01527 832414.
Patrick Smith, the chairman of Bromsgrove’s Royal British Legion, said: “The Poppy Appeal is always well-supported in Bromsgrove and we raise incredible amounts of money which goes towards ex-servicemen and women and we are hoping for a similar response this year.
“Please help support the Armed Forces Committee.”
But, as the Poppy Appeal was being launched, Patrick also launched another drive – for volunteers to help secure the branch’s long-term future.
People are needed to give one evening a month to keep the branch ticking over.
The next meeting is on October 22 and the AGM takes place on November 19.
At the AGM, a number of branch positions will be up for re-election, including president, chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer, secretary, welfare representative, Poppy Appeal organiser and membership secretary.
If those positions are not filled, there is a danger the town’s RBL could close, meaning there will be no ex-military parades – such as VJ Day, Armed Forces Day and Remembrance – would be able to function as they do now.
Bromsgrove’s RBL chairman Patrick Smith said: “The Royal British Legion branch does so much for the district’s ex-servicemen and women, please come forward and give just one evening a month if you can to help secure the branch’s long-term future.”
Anyone wanting to know more about how they can help can go along to the next meeting on October 22 at the Millfield Club or by calling Fred Pearson on 0121 445 6755 or Patrick Smith on 07949 789841.