Volunteers needed for Chichester’s poppy appeal

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AFTER raising more than £35,500 last year, the call has gone out for volunteers to help make this year’s Chichester Poppy Appeal an equal success.

The appeal was officially launched on Saturday (October 26) outside the Assembly Rooms, in North Street.

Deputy mayor John Hughes was presented with his poppy by Chichester’s Royal British Legion branch chairman Chris Lane.

Joint organiser Graham Matthews said he hoped every year the amount raised would increase, but this year the appeal still needed volunteers to help.

“We will be lucky this year that we’re expecting some ten soldiers from the 12 and 47 Regiment on Thorney Island to be able to assist, subject to operational commitments.

“We still do desperately need volunteers. The best way to volunteer is to call at the Assembly Rooms in North Street and talk to myself or Paul Gaffney.”

Last year’s total was also added to by a Sainsbury’s collection held by the Sussex RBL Riders, which raised an additional £11,000, bringing the total raised in the Chichester district to more than £46,000.

“It was a really good result,” said Graham. “The importance of the poppy appeal doesn’t diminish as time goes by.”

Anyone wanting to volunteer can go into the Assembly Rooms, where there is a stall, or call 01243 823997.