Poppyscotland on the lookout for fundraising help in Newton Mearns

Poppyscotland needs you! Scotland’s leading Armed Forces charity is searching for a new volunteer Scottish Poppy Appeal Area Organiser to lead the fundraising push in Newton Mearns this year and beyond.

This year’s need is even greater than before due to the ongoing pandemic, and the resultant restrictions brought about by the virus.

Poppyscotland Head of Fundraising Gordon Michie explains: “We’re looking for individuals, businesses, groups of friends, or community organisations that have good organisational skills to step forward to lead this year’s Appeal in Newton Mearns. Our need is greater than ever before with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing. To adapt to this and to adhere to government guidelines, we have added contactless giving via smart phones that will enable the public to show their support whilst keeping them and our volunteers safe.”

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Mr Michie added: “By volunteering for Poppyscotland you will be helping us transform the lives of veterans in Scotland, those currently serving, and their families who are in need. The money raised from the annual Poppy Appeal enables us to provide life-changing support to those affected by many issues including poverty, mental health problems and disability. Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do, and, without their vital support, we simply wouldn’t be able to deliver the Scottish Poppy Appeal.”

One person who is keen to highlight the benefits of the role is Christine Evans, who has been a Poppyscotland Area Organiser since 2012. Christine has this piece of advice: “Just do it because you will be amazed by the support you receive. Working with a great bunch of volunteers is rewarding, especially knowing we are helping to support the veteran community in Scotland. I have found that the public are very much aware of what the Scottish Poppy Appeal stands for and, therefore, it’s not difficult to encourage people to contribute.”

If you are interested in becoming Poppyscotland’s Area Organiser for Newton Mearns, please contact please contact Ian Jackson, Volunteer Development Officer at Poppyscotland, on 07458 003 529, or e-mail at [email protected].

Area Organisers form a 420-strong team covering every city, town and village in Scotland, helping the charity to pin up to five million poppies on to Scotland’s coats, jackets and jumpers to raise funds for the country’s Armed Forces community.

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