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Volunteer Organisers for the Poppy Appeal Urgently Needed

Published on: 18 May, 2024
Updated on: 19 May, 2024

The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal is its biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, during the period of Remembrance.

Volunteer Poppy Appeal local area organisers are needed across the boroughs of Guildford, Waverley and Woking.

Currently there is a shortage of local area organisers in Guildford and also parts of the boroughs of Waverley and Woking.

Volunteer organisers are responsible for ordering Poppy appeal stocks, co-ordinating a team of collectors, receiving the collections, banking Poppy Appeal money and completing Poppy Appeal Paperwork. A deputy organisers can help with these tasks.

And a deputy Poppy Appeal organiser is much needed for the Stoughton, Westborough, Worplesdon and Wood Street Village areas.

Poppy Appeal manger for West Surrey Gary Wood said: “The current Poppy Appeal organiser is unable to drive, so we a looking for a deputy to assist with distribution and collection of tins.

“This is great way to learn the ropes of organising a Poppy Appeal as Angela, our current organiser, is very organised!

“You do not need a link to the military to volunteer for this role – just have an interest in the charity and not be on holiday in late October and early November.

“There will be an interview, training and a disclaimer that you are happy to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

“Mileage is paid at 45p per mile.”

Areas in which further organisers are need are: the Onslow area in Guildford. Waverley: in Chiddingfold, Hambledon and Hydestyle. Woking: in the town centre area, Horsell, Maybury, St Johns, Knaphill, New Haw and also Bisley.

Gary adds: “You will be taking the lead in organising the Poppy Appeal in the area, you will build contacts in local stores and distribute boxes of poppies and collecting pots.

“Some Poppy Appeal organisers do door-to-door collections and street collections – there is no expectation of this in these areas.

“In all cases, if you would like to do this with a friend then that is not an issue.”

To apply, or if you would like to have a chat with Gary about the roles, phone him on 07395 369609. Or send him an email to

The Royal British Legion’s mission is to be the number one provider of welfare, comradeship, representation and Remembrance for the Armed Forces community.

With the motto “Shoulder to shoulder with all who serve”, it aims to ensure that the Armed Forces community, both those serving and veterans as well as their families, get the transition and through-life support they need and the recognition they deserve.

Click here for the Surrey section on the Royal British Legion’s website.

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