Deputy lieutenants in West Glamorgan are looking to boost appeal by selling poppies
A NEW army of deputy lieutenants for West Glamorgan will be lending their support to this year's Poppy Appeal.
Shoppers at Sainsbury's in the city's Quay Parade will be able to buy a poppy from them on Saturday and Sunday.
Lord Lieutenant for West Glamorgan Byron Lewis recently appointed his deputies.
They include Jane Clayton, of West Cross, a former High Sheriff, Mark Mathias, former Policing Commander of West Glamorgan of South Wales Police and Queen's Police Medal recipient, along with Dr Bryn John, of Baglan, also a former High Sheriff, and Carolyn Wheeler, of Neath, who is a magistrate and member of the Magistrates Committee.
Their new role is to help the Lord Lieutenant, the Queen's representative, in his duties and deputise whenever needed.
Phill Flower, community fundraiser for the Royal British Legion in South West Wales, said he was thrilled the deputy lieutenants were going out to sell poppies so soon after coming into post.
Mr Flower said: "The deputy lieutenants are selected to represent various sections of the community.
"It's nice to see the new four deputy lieutenants who have been awarded with their titles and are out there straight away collecting for the Poppy Appeal.
"It's great that they have come forward straight away and are giving up their weekend for the Poppy Appeal. It bodes well as they have only just been made deputy lieutenants."
High Sheriff of West Glamorgan Gaynor Richards will also be out selling poppies over the weekend.
She is the first High Sheriff to organise a weekend collection at Morrisons in Morfa Shopping Park, Swansea.
Anyone wishing to go out and sell poppies during a morning, afternoon or evening should get in touch with Mr Flower on 07814 177193 or email pflower@ britishlegion.org.uk. One hundred new volunteers are needed.