The Royal British Legion has put out an urgent call for a volunteer to ensure the Poppy Appeal continues in Arnold.
The charity are on the hunt for a poppy appeal organiser (PAO) to help run the campaign in and around the town.
The PAO is responsible for ordering stock and then distributing it to various people and places, whilst recording the whereabouts of those items.
They also recruit and assist other volunteers to help with the appeal, and finally, collect, collate, record and deposits all the funds donated.
The PAO may, if they feel able, want to organise events and activities to support year-round fundraising in their particular area for the charity.
The charity have said that the new PAO will be guided through every step by the county’s community fundraiser to encourage their continued support and assist with any query they may have.
The role of a volunteer Poppy Appeal Organiser is fairly simple, but absolutely vital to the continued success of the Poppy Appeal in the Arnold area of Nottingham.
Mark Smith, the charity’s community fundraiser for Nottinghamshire, said: “The role of a volunteer Poppy Appeal Organiser is fairly simple, but absolutely vital to the continued success of the Poppy Appeal in the Arnold area of Nottingham.
“Obviously, we’re now moving towards the latter stages of planning for this year’s Appeal, which starts on 28th October 28 at Notts County FC, and we really need someone.”
Anyone interested in volunteering must have the following attributes:
- Be fit and able to lift small boxes
- Has some time available to them, particularly during the late October, early November period
- Committed to making a difference to the lives of many deserving people
- Available on e-mail and telephone
- An excellent “people person” and willing to try new ideas to engage with those whom might donate.
Mark said the charity were also on the hunt for space to store their stock during the campaign.
He said: “I am hoping that there is a business or local authority entity that is able to provide a safe space where the PAO might be able to store stock before, during and just after the Poppy Appeal. It doesn’t have to be a vast cavernous affair, just large enough to store a few dozen boxes and move around in safely.
“If anyone can help with that, please get in touch with me as soon as possible.”
Anyone interested in volunteering as a PAO or can help with a safe space in the local area can contact Mark on 07920 378588 or email MSmith1@britishlegion.org.uk