Helpers call as poppies arrive

Irene Hargreaves (left) and Liz Clayton outside Blackpool's Royal British Legion are appealing for volunteers to help with this year's Poppy Appeal.
Irene Hargreaves (left) and Liz Clayton outside Blackpool's Royal British Legion are appealing for volunteers to help with this year's Poppy Appeal.
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SYMBOLIC red poppies remembering the servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country are returning to shops and supermarkets.

Sales of the sign of remembrance reach millions every year thanks to the dedicated volunteers willing to give up their time to raise money for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The charity, now in its 90th year, needs volunteers to give up whatever time they can to help sell poppies all over the Fylde coast.

Liz Clayton, who works for the Royal British Legion on King Street, Blackpool, is organising this year’s selling effort.

She said: “The Poppy Appeal is totally amazing.

“We look after the families and children of servicemen and women and we have got services for people that are injured.

“The country helped to raise £38m last year and we need as much help as we can get.”

Irene Hargreaves has sold poppies for 20 years in central Blackpool between North Pier and Bloomfield Road.

She has witnessed first-hand the help the Poppy Appeal can give to past and current members of the Armed Forces.

She said: “It’s very important for people to come forward.

“My nephew has just come back from Afghanistan and he can’t stand to go back so he is coming out of the Army.

“This appeal does a lot of good for people in the services.”

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion, the Blackpool shop will be throwing a party at the Winter Gardens, hosted by Ken Dodd on October 30.

For information about the appeal call 07788 0864154.