Poppy Scotland are searching for volunteers to lead their fundraising push in Larkhall this year and beyond.

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

Gordon Michiem, head of fundraising with the armed forces charity, said: “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 Larkhall.

“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.”

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.”

Anyone interested in becoming Poppyscotland’s area organiser for Larkhall should contact Ian Jackson, volunteer development officer at Poppyscotland, on 07458 003 529, or e-mail at [email protected]

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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 armed forces community.