Desperate Royal British Legion appeals for help or poppies may not be available in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 August 2013

Poppy Appeal Launch at Panshanger Aerodrome in October 2012, the photo includes Sam Jack, who is one of the Appeal’s beneficiaries.  Sam was shot in the head four years ago in Afghanistan and the Royal British Legion has helped him with his compensation claim. He is pictured with his father Roger.

Poppy Appeal Launch at Panshanger Aerodrome in October 2012, the photo includes Sam Jack, who is one of the Appeal’s beneficiaries. Sam was shot in the head four years ago in Afghanistan and the Royal British Legion has helped him with his compensation claim. He is pictured with his father Roger.

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DESPERATE Royal British Legion bosses have launched an urgent appeal for volunteers to help with the Poppy Appeal in Hatfield and North Mymms.

The Legion fears fundraising will be hit and poppies will be unavailable, unless it can 
find organisers.

Natasha Robertson, community fundraiser for the Poppy Appeal, said: “We currently haven’t got a Poppy Appeal organiser for North Mymms, and Hatfield needs more collectors to join its successful Poppy Appeal Team.

“Unless we get more volunteers to assist with these local appeals the Poppy Appeal will be affected and there might not be any poppies available in North Mymms this year.”

She added: “Every year the general public wants to remember those who gave their lives for their country and help provide services for those who have served in the armed forces.

“It is therefore crucial to have someone in place to ensure that the public can get their poppies in time for Remembrance Sunday, as well as ensuring that we continue to raise the funds needed to support our armed forces family.”

The Legion urged people to do whatever they can, whether someone can donate an hour of their time to collect during the Poppy Appeal this October, assist with delivering poppies to businesses and schools in the area, or organise a rota for the collectors.

The message is: “Every hour of support makes a huge difference.”

Last year Stewart Budd, Poppy Appeal Organiser for Hatfield, looked after the North Mymms Poppy Appeal as well as running the Hatfield Appeal.

Mr Budd wants to concentrate on the appeal in Hatfield and feels someone needs to take on the North Mymms Appeal this year.

He said: “Hatfield is a large town to coordinate for the Poppy Appeal.

“My aim this year is to build up the Hatfield Poppy Appeal and give the town the biggest poppy appeal it has ever had.

“In order to build up the Hatfield Appeal I need some more collectors and also concentrate my efforts on the Hatfield appeal.

“I feel North Mymms would benefit from someone who knows the area well and can do the local appeal justice.”

If you think you might be able to help the Poppy Appeal in either North Mymms or Hatfield contact Natasha on 01279 758220 or email nrobertson@britishlegion.org.uk


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