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Borehamwood Poppy Appeal seeks volunteers
Members of the public are being urged to stand shoulder to shoulder with all who serve in the run up to Remembrance Day.
The Borehamwood branch of the Royal British Legion held a coffee morning this week at its club house in Shenley Road to enlist volunteers to help sell poppies.
As they sipped tea from china cups and ate cupcakes decorated with red flowers, potential volunteers discovered how the Poppy Appeal raises millions of pounds nationwide for former servicemen and their families.
Carol Denbigh, who co-ordinates the appeal for Borehamwood, said: “We are seeking people who can give up two hours of their time to sell poppies at either Morrisons or Tesco.
“I have been a poppy collector for 47 years. Both my parents were in the forces.
"Raising money to improve the lives of soldiers and their families, especially those injured or killed, is very close to my heart.”
Last year, the branch raised £29,033 for the appeal.
Northwest London community fundraiser Deborah Armantrading, who was at the coffee morning on Tuesday, praised Mrs Denbigh for her dedication to the cause.
She said: “This is the best group in my area. Carol has so many great ideas for raising money and leads such a hard-working team.”
Councillor Sandra Parnell gives up her time every year to sell poppies.
She said: “Every year I love it, I have a fantastic time.
"It’s fun engaging with people and you get such a good feeling from doing your bit to help those who are out there fighting to save our lives.”
Rotary Club president Cynthia Barker also put her name down as a volunteer.
She said: “We work hard to support local organisations such as the Royal British Legion, as well as doing our own fundraising.”
As well as raising money through selling poppies, Mrs Denbigh is offering members of the public the chance to plant crosses and other symbols in the Royal British Legion’s garden of remembrance in return for a donation.
She said: “The garden is a place for anyone who has lost a loved one to come and spend time thinking about them. They do not have to have served in the forces.”
Mrs Denbigh is still seeking volunteers for the Poppy Appeal.
Anyone who has some time to spare and wishes to get involved can contact the Royal British Legion on 0208 3862900.
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