The Royal British Legion is calling on the public to paint Ripley Red this year as they look for raise awareness and gain vital new volunteers for this year’s Poppy Appeal.
The Ripley branch of the British Legion is asking residents to help bring awareness to the British Legion and those who gave their lives for their country by pinning their red poppy to the railings of Ripley town hall this year.
This initiative by the Ripley branch comes as the charity is looking for people of all ages and backgrounds to become Poppy Appeal Organisers.
This vital fundraising role - which involves co-ordinating a group of Poppy Appeal Collectors in the local area is seen as a great way of supporting the Armed Forces as well as an excellent opportunity to boost personal and professional skills.
The Legion would particularly like to engage young volunteers to get involved.
Chairman of the Ripley Branch of the British Royal Legion Dean Fowler said: “The poppy appeal is the driving force behind fundraising for us, we have a two week window to raise as much money and awareness in this time scale, but of course fund raising happens 365 days a year.
“We at the Ripley branch are this year ‘painting the town red’ so as to bring awareness to the charity and all the good work it does year in and year out,
“This year I would encourage the town folk of Ripley to buy a poppy and attach it to the railings at the town hall, they could write on the poppy to remember someone not here anymore.
“We’re also looking to do a recruitment drive to get more people signed up as members,
“We are a very active branch that is very family orientated, we have events every year that everyone can get involved in.
“The work we do is great fun and we’re raising funds while enjoying ourselves!”