No poppies in St Neots this year?

PEOPLE in St Neots might not be able to buy Remembrance Day poppies this year if an organiser for the town’s appeal is not found.

PEOPLE in St Neots might not be able to buy Remembrance Day poppies this year if an organiser for the town’s appeal is not found.

Adele Richmond, community fundraiser for the Royal British Legion, said the charity desperately needs someone take over after the previous organiser stepped down due to personal reasons.

Last year’s appeal in St Neots raise more than �18,000 but this year the figure could be significantly less with no-one in place to oversee the fundraising appeal.

Mrs Richmond said: “At present there is no-one to co-ordinate the distribution of poppies and wreaths and we need to make sure the public can get their poppies in time for Remembrance Sunday.

“We really need to find someone. If we don’t there might not be any poppies in St Neots this year.”

The Royal British Legion is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. As well as providing support for older veterans, the service charity works with serving members of the armed forces and has committed �50million over the next few years towards the running of four personnel recovery centres and the Royal British Legion Battle Back Challenge Centre.

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Mrs Richmond said: “It’s vitally important that we ensure we raise sufficient funds to help wounded and injured service personnel coming back from Afghanistan, as well as ensuring that our older veterans are getting the help they deserve.

“We have many supporters around St Neots and we also need to ensure that people can pay their respects to the memory of those who have fallen.”

The vacant role needs someone with good organisational skills to co-ordinate the distribution of poppies, organise supermarket collections and count and bank monies. It may suit newly-retired people, couples or younger people who want to do something worthwhile in their community.

Organisers will have the opportunity to work with their own team of volunteers as well as receiving support from The Royal British Legion.

Mrs Richmond said: “There is no need to be a member of the legion or ex-services, just a willingness and desire to help a good cause.”

CONTACT: If you might be able to help or would like to discuss the roles in more detail, contact Adele Richmond on 01480 432753 or email

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