A heartfelt appeal has been made as Huddersfield prepares to mark the centenary of World War I.

The town has lost the services of the man who organises the annual Poppy Appeal and now officials are desperate to find a replacement.

Debbie Westlake, community fundraiser for the Royal British Legion, said: “In the centenary of World War 1, will you be the person to help grow the Poppy Appeal in Huddersfield? It is going to be a vital year”.

Last year’s Appeal in November raised £42,189 in the town and all the money goes directly to help with the welfare of war veterans both young and old and their dependants to help then through unforeseen hardships and makes a difference to local lives.

Debbie said: “We have a fabulous team of volunteers who help raise funds during November’s Poppy Appeal in Huddersfield. Many members of the public at this time come forward to help and we were pleased to have the support of the local Army Cadets and members of other groups including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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“However Richard Brook, our ever smiling and enthusiastic young Poppy Appeal organiser, has had a change of circumstances and can now no longer head up the team. So we are now looking for another worthy volunteer organiser to take on this valuable role.

“The new Poppy Appeal Organiser would manage the whole of the appeal in Huddersfield with the support of his able team of volunteers.

“The organiser will order the poppy stock, organise their delivery and the rota of volunteers that man the stores and finally oversee the counting and banking of the funds. The perfect person would be someone who can devote three weeks over the Poppy appeal in November and who loves to organise and likes dealing with the public and is sensitive to our volunteers”.

Anyone who can help is urged to contact Debbie on 07880 780 207 for an informal chat about becoming part of the team.

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