Edinburgh volunteers needed for centenary Scottish Poppy Appeal

Poppyscotland is marking Volunteers’ Week by inspiring others to get involved with volunteering for the centenary of the Scottish Poppy Appeal.

By Isla Whateley
Friday, 4th June 2021, 11:41 am
Updated Friday, 4th June 2021, 11:42 am
Poppyscotland says planning is already well underway for the annual Poppy Appeal.
Poppyscotland says planning is already well underway for the annual Poppy Appeal.

The nation’s Armed Forces charity says planning is already well underway for the annual Poppy Appeal.

The charity’s Head of Fundraising Gordon Michie said the money raised will provide life-changing support for the Armed Forces community – much as it has done since 1921.

He said: “This Volunteers’ Week, we’re asking anyone with good organisational skills to step forward and lead this year’s Appeal in Edinburgh. Without our volunteers’ support, we simply wouldn’t be able to deliver the Scottish Poppy Appeal.”

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Poppyscotland Volunteer Organisers lead the Scottish Poppy Appeal locally, and are crucial in helping raise funds for the charity’s welfare services, with demand expected to grow following the pandemic.

The charity provides tailored funding and assistance to members of the Armed Forces community in Scotland, as well as services in advice, employment, housing, mental health, mobility and respite.

As well as helping to make a difference to people’s lives, volunteering is an opportunity to meet new people, gain new skills, and get involved in the local community

Gordon Michie added: “By volunteering for Poppyscotland, you will be helping us transform the lives of veterans, those currently serving, and their families. Our Armed Forces community needs our support now more than ever.”

To find out more about becoming a Scottish Poppy Appeal Organiser for Edinburgh, or other opportunities to get involved throughout the year, contact Ian Jackson, Volunteer Development Officer at Poppyscotland, on 0131 550 1559, email [email protected] or visit www.poppyscotland.org.uk/volunteer.

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