Berkhamsted’s Poppy Appeal under a cloud

Commemorating the dead: solemn tribute on Remembrance Day in Berkhamsted.
Commemorating the dead: solemn tribute on Remembrance Day in Berkhamsted.

Berkhamsted may not get any poppies in the run-up to this year’s Remembrance Day unless a new organiser can be found for the Royal British Legion appeal.

The unpaid role will involve leading a team of volunteers to ensure that the town’s schools, pubs and firms have poppies on sale between October 26 and November 9 this year.

Legion community fundraiser Natasha Robertson warned this week: “The Poppy Appeal for Berkhamsted is under threat.

“The local appeal is currently without an organiser and if someone isn’t found soon then the town might not get poppies this year.”

Until now the job has been done by Paul Phillips, who recently retired.

The Royal British Legion says members of its Berkhamsted, Tring and District branch are happy to help with collections, but too old to lead the town’s appeal themselves.

Natasha said: “Without an organiser and with an aging membership at the local branch, the local appeal’s future is in crisis.”

She said the appeal also needed new people to collect donations and deliver poppies.

She said: “Areas in Hertfordshire are this month placing their poppy orders for their town and so far we haven’t been able to place an order for Berkhamsted, which is a concern.”

Each year, poppies are handed out as a way for people to remember soldiers who have died in wars in the run-up to Remembrance Day on November 11.

Donations are given to The Royal British Legion in return, and it is the charity’s main source of funding.

Money from the Poppy Appeal is put back into its work providing financial, social and emotional support to current and former members of the armed forces.

If you can help the Appeal, call Natasha on 01279 758220 or email nrobertson@britishlegion.org.uk