Poppy Scotland looking for help in Arrochar

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Poppyscotland needs you! Scotland’s leading armed forces charity is searching for a new volunteer Scottish Poppy Appeal area organiser to lead the fundraising push in Arrochar this year and beyond.

Poppyscotland’s head of fundraising Gordon Michie explained: ‘We’re looking for individuals, businesses, groups of friends or community organisations that have good organisational skills to step forward to lead this year’s appeal in Arrochar.

‘Last year, hundreds of pounds were raised in the area, but, without your help, we will struggle to collect even a fraction of that amount and this will have a profoundly detrimental impact on our beneficiaries.

‘By volunteering for Poppyscotland, you will be helping us transform the lives of veterans in Scotland, those currently serving and their families who are in need. The money raised from the annual poppy appeal enables us to provide life-changing support to those affected by many issues including poverty, mental health problems and disability.

‘Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do, and, without their vital support, we simply wouldn’t be able to run the Scottish Poppy Appeal.’

Area organisers form a 420-strong team covering every city, town and village in Scotland. They help the charity to pin more than five million poppies on to Scotland’s coats, jackets and jumpers.

The Scottish Poppy Appeal raised more than £3 million last year thanks to the support of the public and the dedication of 10,000 volunteers.

One person who is keen to highlight the benefits of the role is Richard Cameron, who has been a Poppyscotland area organiser since 2008. Richard said: ‘I’ve been an area organiser in nearby Campbeltown for eight years and really enjoy the interaction with the general public at poppy appeal time.

‘Just do it – no thought needed! You’ll be amazed by the support you receive – the businesses and public are lovely and I’d encourage anyone to get out there and meet them.’

For more information contact Sally McNaught on 0131 550 1559 or 07941 851 589, or email volunteer@poppyscotland.org.uk.