Norwich community thanked for generous poppy response

Lyn Hatch, community fundraiser for Norfolk,

Lyn Hatch, community fundraiser for Norfolk, - Credit: Archant

Poppy Appeal organisers have thanked the community for its response to a plea for more volunteers.

Earlier this week the Royal British Legion said it was struggling to recruit people to carry out collections in Norwich.

But following an appeal for help in the Evening News, the charity has received numerous calls from those willing to help.

Lyn Hatch, community fundraiser for Norfolk, said: 'We have had a wonderful response so far. I must have had around 30 people offer to help us. If people still want to come along and help, that would be lovely, because there are jobs that need doing.'

The charity had hoped to raise more than £70,000 through donations made within the city centre this year.


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But it said to achieve that figure, it would require enough volunteers to help with supermarket stands and street collections.

It is also opening a shop in Castle Mall for the duration of the appeal, which will need people to staff it.

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Miss Hatch said that while the response for volunteers had been successful so far, she was still seeking more poppy coordinators.

'They will be responsible for making sure poppies get out to the shops, ordering them in and assisting with the paperwork. It would be a huge help for me, and I don't mind if it is one person or a group of people taking on that role,' she said.

This year's Poppy Appeal launches on October 27 and runs until Armistice Day on November 11. To become a volunteer, contact Lyn Hatch on 07795 426529 or email lhatch@britishlegion.org.uk.

Have you volunteered with the Poppy Appeal? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684.

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