Can you spare a few hours to help this year’s Poppy Appeal in March?

Can you help at this year's Poppy Appeal in March

Can you help at this year's Poppy Appeal in March - Credit: Archant

Poppy Appeal volunteers are needed to help sell the flowers in the March area this year.

Additional volunteers are needed in March to help with this years appeal which starts on October 24.

Poppies sold in the March area last year raised more than £19,000 and the year before the total was £23,000.

If you have a few hours to spare and would like to help please contact organisers Kay and Alec Larham on 01354 656034 or 07908-009378.

This years Poppy Dance will be held at March Braza Club on Friday October 16.

Tickets cost £5 which includes a ploughman’s supper. They are on sale now from March Braza Club or The Royal British Legion Branch Headquarters at Rookswood Club in West End, March.

The Legion created the Poppy Appeal to help those returning from the First World War.

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A century on from the start of that conflict, the charity is still helping today’s Armed Forces families in much the same way, whether coping with bereavement, living with disability, or finding employment.

The poppy is a powerful symbol - it is worn to commemorate the sacrifices of the Armed Forces and to show support to those still serving today and their loved ones.

Money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes directly to welfare work, providing through-life care to anyone who currently serves in the British Armed Forces, who has previously served, and their families.

This could include supporting bereaved families to cope after the loss of a loved one, those leaving the Forces into work and housing and helping older veterans get the care and support they need.