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City’s poppy appeal in peril

 Published on: 24th April 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

The St Albans poppy appeal is at risk of coming to an end after the St Albans Royal British Legion has struggled to find someone to organise it.

The RBL advertised the role last September after their former organiser resigned following a dispute.

However, no one came forward and now the RBL are in need of someone to volunteer to order and distribute poppies, while also organising volunteers.

The city has boasted impressive amounts raised in the past, but without a formal organiser, this year’s appeal may have to be shelved.

RBL’s community fundraiser for Hertfordshire, Kate McKay, said: “We are desperately looking for someone to take on this role.

“We did it without someone last year, but this year we cannot do it without that one person.

“The volunteers you see on the street raising money are all organised by this one person and without that person, this just cannot be done.

“It doesn’t have to be one person, it could be friends or a couple or something, but we just need someone to do it.

“We typically bring in between 60 and 70 thousand for the appeal, so if we don’t have someone this year, then the beneficiaries and the appeal will miss out on that money.

“It’s such a rewarding job and whoever does it doesn’t have to have a military background or be part of the RBL, it’s simply a community role and we are in need of some help.”

If you would like to take on the role, or help out, you can contact Kate on 07920861161 or kmackay@britishlegion.org.uk.

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