Search for new Poppy Appeal organiser in Long Sutton

Tony Button at the Long Sutton Common Pit project with Kristina Taylor of Transported, artist Robyn Woolston and Tim Machin, chairman of Long Sutton Civic Society.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Tony Button at the Long Sutton Common Pit project with Kristina Taylor of Transported, artist Robyn Woolston and Tim Machin, chairman of Long Sutton Civic Society. Photo by Tim Wilson.

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Long Sutton Royal British Legion (RBL) is looking for a new Poppy Appeal organiser to fill the large shoes left by award-winning Tony Button (75).

As a trustee for the town’s RBL branch, Mr Button has spent the last nine years collecting donations for the annual fundraiser in aid of ex-servicemen and women.

Tony Button has done a lot for our branch and we need someone with a lot of dedication to the Poppy Appeal to take over from him.

Long Sutton Royal British Legion branch chairman David Newton

But ill health has forced Mr Button to stand down just two years after collecting the Sheppard Trophy from Lincolnshire RBL for the biggest percentage increase in funds raised between 2012 and 2013.

Mr Button said: “I’ve had an absolutely wonderful time being able to support the military side of things through various exhibitions to remember World Wars I and II.

“My wife Barbara has represented the Poppy Appeal campaign for 35 years and we’ve both appreciated doing it.

“But now it’s time for me to sit back and enjoy what we’ve been doing, although we’d certainly try and help however and wherever I can to keep things going for Long Sutton.”

Long Sutton RBL branch chairman David Newton said: “Tony has done a lot for our branch and we need someone with a lot of dedication to the Poppy Appeal to take over from him.

“For example, Tony used to go into the primary schools and Peele Community College with poppies and he also went with Peele students on a visit to Poland.

“We’re just hopeful of finding someone to take over from Tony or else we’ll have to do a lot of the work ourselves.”

Anyone interested in succeeding Mr Button should call the branch on 01406 362609.