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New Spalding Poppy Appeal organiser in plea for volunteers

A behind the scenes supporter of Spalding Poppy Appeal has stepped up to the top job.

Liz Carvlin (58) has taken over from Peter Lyon, who steered volunteers for 10 annual campaigns and raised more than £250,000 in that time.

"I have got some big shoes to fill," says Liz, daughter of Colin Jackman, a former Spalding branch chairman of The Royal British Legion.

Liz moved to Spalding in August last year but for around a dozen years she came over from Bedford to stay with her parents every October and November just to help with the Poppy Appeal.

Newly appointed Spalding Poppy Appeal organiser Liz Carvlin
Newly appointed Spalding Poppy Appeal organiser Liz Carvlin

Her dad is deputy Poppy Appeal organiser and her mum, Joan, will once again lend her support. Both are in their 80s.

Liz, who is also the Spalding branch treasurer, is now appealing for volunteers to step forward to help with the 2019 appeal.

Volunteers are needed to deliver Poppy Appeal cans and boxes to shops, and to collect from the public at Sainsbury's and Springfields Retail Outlet, both in Spalding, as well as at Spalding's Saturday market and Baytree Garden Centre at Weston.

Poppy cans will be rolled out from Monday, October 21 while the Poppy launch is set for Saturday, October 26.

Prospective volunteers are invited to a meeting at the Spalding branch of The Royal British Legion HQ in Spring Gardens, Spalding, with a 7pm for 7.30pm start on Wednesday, October 2.

And everyone is welcome no matter how little or how much time you have to donate to the appeal.

Liz, a mum of two with two grandchildren, is bravely putting her own disabilities to one side to lead the Poppy Appeal.

"I am diabetic and suffer with depression," says Liz. "Because of the diabetes I have become disabled - it affects my mobility and I have fatigue."

But Liz, who worked in the welfare care sector, is determined to succeed and hopes to rally more people to the cause.

She said: "It is important to remember those who fought for our freedom and to support those who fought for our freedom because we have got serving members now who are ex-servicemen."

To find out more please call Liz on 07340 512618 or email lizcarvlin151@hotmail.com

* Spalding branch of The Royal British Legion last year appealed for new members, fearing the curtain was about to come down on 91 years of history.

Luckily a few came forward to offer the branch a ray of hope.

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