Poppy plea: 100 volunteers who could make all the difference
A CAMPAIGN to find everyday heroes to devote their time to selling poppies in aid of wounded service personnel has helped the appeal blossom across South West Wales.
In the last five years a whopping £250,000 of vital cash has been raised thanks to an Evening Post drive to support the region's wounded who have risked their lives for Queen and country.
Previously, it would have taken 15 years to help collect such a large sum through the incredible efforts of collectors in supporting the Poppy Appeal.
But our call for people of all ages and from different walks of life to give up a morning, afternoon or evening in support of the crucial cause has proved pivotal in putting the appeal on a firmer footing.
And this year we are again calling for 100 more people to do their bit and go and collect in aid of the Poppy Appeal.
Phill Flower, the community fundraiser for the Royal British Legion in South West Wales, said: "We have probably got between 60 and 70 volunteers who are still with us from the Evening Post campaign but we still need another 100 volunteers.
"Last year was the first time we have had proper collections taking place throughout the day — in Tesco Fforestfach we raised £5,000 over the fortnight.
"We have got a good base of collectors but we need to double the work base of our volunteers so that others who did it last year can do less this time."
He added: "We have raised around £250,000 in the past five years where previously it would have taken 15 years.
"The average we used to raise was £20,000 a year or less."
In 2012, an incredible £65,000 was raised which matched the total collected in the 90th anniversary year of the Royal British Legion during 2011.
Mr Flower said he hoped even more people would lend their support in handing out Poppy Appeal boxes and give up their time this year.
"We put 1,000 boxes out in pubs and clubs and were are looking for people to help put them out," he said.
"From October 26, we will be looking for people to sell poppies between 9am in the morning until 9pm at night at supermarkets, including Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury's.
"We want to be able to cover every store."