Appeal for new poppy sellers

Hayley Glover 17 and her mother Tamara Glover are looking for volunteers to sell poppies''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142760-1)
Hayley Glover 17 and her mother Tamara Glover are looking for volunteers to sell poppies''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142760-1)

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MORE people are needed to help run stalls selling poppies this year.

Tamara Glover, from the British Legion, wants volunteers to come forward as Poppy Appeal sellers in the area have died or left through illness.

She runs the stalls at supermarkets in Gosport and Fareham each year.

‘Unfortunately a lot of my volunteers have passed away,’ she said.

‘I need all of my supermarkets to be covered or I can’t get anything else done. It’s a good old time – I’ve been doing it for eight years.’

She needs people to run the stalls so she can co-ordinate the sellers.

Anyone aged from 18 can volunteer to help the Poppy Appeal, which runs each year across the country.

Richard Dickson is the president of the Gosport and Alverstoke branch of the Royal British Legion.

He is urging people to get in touch.

‘It’s tremendously important, simply because we have so many of our armed forces out there who need our support,’ he said.

‘It’s for the ex-armed forces and their widows and dependents.’

He said this year was particularly important as it is 100 years on since the start of the First World War in 1914.

He added: ‘It is huge. The Poppy Appeal is the appeal each year that coincides with Remembrance Sunday.

‘The monies raised go a long way in supporting the ex-members of the armed forces and their families.’

The appeal will be launched in Gosport later this month.

Meet at Nat Gonella Square, in High Street, on Saturday, October 25 at 11am.