Legion in crisis over annual poppy shop

Appeal: The volunteers need a shop like the one which Mayor and Mayoress Coun Ken and Nora Ball attended last year (above)
Appeal: The volunteers need a shop like the one which Mayor and Mayoress Coun Ken and Nora Ball attended last year (above)
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Volunteers from Chorley’s branch of the Royal British Legion have made a desperate appeal for help after the plug was pulled on their plans for a poppy shop.

Every year the members of the group open a shop in Chorley town centre to help boost their fundraising efforts in the run-up to Remembrance Day on November 11.

However, their plans to use an empty shop in Fazakerley Street have fallen through at the eleventh hour - with a grand opening planned for Saturday. The volunteers are now appealing to anyone who may be able to provide them with a base for two weeks.

President of the Chorley Branch, Don Yates said: “A shop had been promised to us and everything is in place for MP Lindsay Hoyle to open it on Saturday, but we’ve now received a phone call to say we can’t use it any more

“The shop is the hub for the fundraising and it is where we can display wreaths and people can call in to speak to the volunteers.

“It’s also a place where we can refill the poppy boxes and co-ordinate the collection tins and we can also use it to help promote the cause. We’ve had a poppy shop every year and we can’t believe that this has happened so close to the launch.

“Basically we are up the river without a paddle or a canoe even. We desperately need help.”

The Chorley branch helps to raise more than £20,000 every year for the British Legion which in turn helps provide financial, social and emotional care for members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families.

Mr Yates added: “Nothing like this has happened before and it’s a complete disaster for us.”

If you can help the Legion, ring: 01257 278796 or 07778934048.