Poppyscotland have appealed for more volunteers to come forward in Newtonhill to help with the 2011 appeal.
The charity, which organises the annual Scottish Poppy Appeal, needs volunteers to help co-ordinate the poppy collection in the coastal village this year.
TV presenter and PoppyScotland ambassador Jackie Bird called for more people to step forward to help with the 2011 appeal at a recent event to announce the results of the 2010 campaign. A record £2,343,150 was raised thanks to the support of the public and the dedication of 10,000 volunteers who organised or helped with collections across Scotland. The money raised will be used to help veterans and their families in Scotland in need.
However PoppyScotland now needs to recruit new volunteers to ensure that the 2011 Scottish Poppy Appeal will be as successful and is calling for individuals, circles of friends or community groups to step forward to lead this year’s campaign in Newtonhill.
Many of PoppyScotland’s current volunteers, who sell poppies and organise collections, are nearing retirement age and the charity needs more people to get involved as preparation for the November campaign needs to start now.
Appealing for new volunteers to step forward, Jackie said: “PoppyScotland’s volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that poppies are available in cities, towns and villages the length and breadth of Scotland. They do a fantastic job but the charity always needs more people to help.
“I encourage anyone who has a few hours to spare to get involved - you could run the Poppy Appeal in your area or even collect for a few hours during Poppy Week. It all makes a difference.”
PoppyScotland Chief Executive Ian McGregor added: “The 2010 result is a fantastic achievement which reflects wonderfully well on the people of Scotland and I thank everyone involved.
“We could not have achieved this without the hard work of our loyal volunteers, many of whom are members of the Royal British Legion Scotland. Understandably, a number of these individuals are retiring after devoting years to our cause and we must recruit new volunteers to ensure the continued success of the Appeal.”
There are various roles available for volunteers from area organisers to collectors. An area organiser fulfils a critical role by ensuring that poppies are available for sale in their local area during the campaign. Collectors are vital too as they support the area organiser in distributing poppies to outlets and schools and may also sell poppies to the public through street collections, house to house collections and in shops.
PoppyScotland reaches more veterans in Scotland than any other veterans’ charity. Money raised from the Scottish Poppy Appeal and other fundraising activity is used to provide vital year-round support to veterans and their families, many of whom suffer as a result of physical, psychological and financial problems as they struggle to readjust to civilian life.
To find out more about volunteering for Poppyscotland call 0141 427 8490, text volunteer to 81400 (standard network rates apply) or email firstname.lastname@example.org