Volunteers sought for Poppy Appeal

Just Regional
Oct 13, 2023 2 mins read

A call has gone out for volunteers to help with collections at two North Walsham supermarkets for this year’s Poppy Appeal. 

The appeal for 2023 launches on Wednesday, October 25 and runs to Remembrance Sunday on November 12.  

Bob Shortis, Poppy Appeal organiser for North Walsham, is asking for help to staff the collection points at Sainsbury’s and Waitrose supermarkets.

He said: “A couple of hours of your time makes all the difference. No special skills are needed above an ability to sit (or stand) behind a table of Legion merchandise; meeting people, talking to them and collecting donations for the Poppy Appeal for an hour or two at a time.” 

This year a Poppy Appeal Supporters Day, arranged by the Public Relation Liaison Officers of Sainsbury’s and Waitrose North Walsham, was held on September 13.  

The event was well attended by people who gathered to knit and crotchet poppies to support the Appeal. These will be available over the Appeal period at the stands in the supermarkets. 

They were a great success last year and overall in 2022 more than £16,000 was collected for the Appeal in the North Walsham District. 

Generations of people have served, or are serving today, in the Armed Forces. The Royal British Legion was formed to support them and continues to provide life-changing assistance to those who need it. To do this it needs funds and its leading activity is the Poppy Appeal. 

If you would like to volunteer to help with the collections at the supermarkets, call Bob Shortis on 07976 907721 or email

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