POPPY APPEAL: Desperately in need of poppy help

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My annual plea to the good people of Spalding via this esteemed newspaper takes on a greater import this year as the Poppy Appeal in Spalding faces the most serious crisis for five years.

The regular poppy and collecting can distribution teams from Bakkavor who began in 2009 are, due to redundancy, retirement and redeployment, no longer able to carry out that vital task.

Whilst the immediate centre of town may be covered by a member of the Royal British Legion with the assistance of two or three volunteers, the shops and businesses etc that are further out will not be supplied with the boxes of poppies and collecting cans that have been delivered in the past.

Having said that I would hope that the outlying villages will still be catered for by their residents. Last year some £7,300 was collected by the these ‘static collection points.’ That is almost a third of the total money contributed by the Spalding Royal British Legion district this year. That is an amount that the appeal cannot afford to lose.

Ideally to avoid this situation what is required is a minimum of four cars and drivers accompanied by one or two assistants to actually deliver the boxes and cans.

A car or other means of vehicular transport is considered essential for the number of items to be carried and certainly so for some of the further destinations i.e. Pode Hole, Spalding Common and Springfields.

The crucial requisite of this initial requirement is teams must be available to operate during working hours in order to complete delivery to shops during their opening hours.

This may seem like a tall order but with enough volunteers coming forward it can be reduced to a two or three hour exercise per person. With a population of some 29,000 surely there are 20 or 30 people who can assist in this the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Additionally our annual appeal for collectors at Sainsburys, Springfields and Baytree Garden Centre remains extant and I would be very grateful for the assistance of anyone who can spare an hour or two for this most worthy cause.

To volunteer your assistance please call 01406 373669.

Peter Lyon

Honorary Poppy Appeal

Organiser

Spalding Branch

The Royal British Legion