High Sheriff lends a helping hand to support the Poppy Appeal
HIGH Sheriff of West Glamorgan Gaynor Richards has been praised for leading from the front in raising cash for this year's Poppy Appeal.
She has already joined forces with the team of veterans who devote their time to selling poppies in Swansea Market in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.
Mrs Richards is the first High Sheriff to organise a weekend collection at Morrisons in Morfa Shopping Park, Swansea, on the weekend of Saturday, November 2, and Sunday, November 3.
Past and future High Sheriffs will be taking part in the collection during the day.
Phill Flower, community fundraiser for the Royal British Legion in South West Wales, was full of praise for the efforts being made by the High Sheriff in helping to raise the profile of the appeal.
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He said: "The High Sheriff is leading from the front this year as she's heading up a team of former High Sheriffs to collect over a weekend in Morrisons.
"She's the first High Sheriff to organise the team.
"She has already been down to Swansea Market to support the veterans and she will be involved in all the Remembrance events around the West Glamorgan area."
He added: "As the director for Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service she has supported the Poppy Appeal.
"She has put a picture of Wendy John and her three sons whose dad Dean was killed in Afghanistan on the front page of The Voice magazine, which goes out to all in Neath Port Talbot.
"We are hoping that it will encourage people to get involved with the Poppy Appeal — the High Sheriff is a champion in trying to get people to come forward and volunteer."
Mrs Richards said: "It was a very great privilege to get to spend time with these remarkable people who during various conflicts, fighting for our freedom, still make sacrifices to this day by giving selflessly of their time and energy to raise money by selling poppies as part of the annual Poppy Appeal.
"I also had the humble experience of listening to their very moving stories where they put their lives at risk for their comrades and countrymen.
"They are remarkable people and shining examples to us in the modern age."
The Evening Post is looking for 100 volunteers to go out and sell poppies in the morning, afternoon and evening to support the Royal British Legion help injured troops.
Contact Mr Flower on 07814 177193 or email firstname.lastname@example.org