Volunteer for the Poppy Appeal

We need over 300,000 people to help us with our annual fundraising campaign - the Poppy Appeal.

The Poppy Appeal is our annual fundraising campaign starting in late October and running through to Armistice Day on 11 November. Become part of our fantastic volunteer team and help support the Armed Forces Community.

Poppy Appeal Collector

Our Poppy Appeal Collectors are the face of the Legion during the Poppy Appeal and help provide as many opportunities as possible for people to wear a poppy. You need to be over 16 to collect in the street (unless you’re collecting as part of a group). Even if you can only give a couple of hours a week during the Appeal to help us, we'd love to hear from you.

Poppy Appeal Organiser

Poppy Appeal Organisers (and Deputies) work with our Community Fundraisers throughout the year to plan and organise the Poppy Appeal in local areas. This includes:

  • Ensuring there are enough collectors in your area
  • Organising a collecting rota
  • Ordering and arranging distribution of poppies and other materials
  • Briefing collectors
  • Collecting, counting and depositing the money raised during the appeal

Other ways to get involved

We also have opportunities for people to give a few hours a week during the Appeal to help with behind the scene roles, including:

  • Drivers (with their own cars) to deliver and pick up collection boxes from shops and offices (we’ll reimburse you for your mileage)
  • Office volunteers to help us respond to calls and emails requesting poppies and collection boxes, or from people wanting to volunteer
  • ‘Counting’ team members to help with counting and banking the money collected
  • Helping us organise stock ahead of the Appeal
  • ‘Support Squad’ volunteers to give out tins and poppies to our collectors (London only)

These volunteer opportunities are open to anyone over the age of 16 (17 in the case of drivers).

If you’d like to volunteer during the Poppy Appeal, please get in touch as soon as possible. This is a very busy time for all involved, so the earlier you can commit to volunteering the easier we can arrange it.

More information

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with the Legion, please see all the ways you can get involved. Please explore the benefits of volunteering, our volunteering FAQs or get in touch with us at volunteersupport@britishlegion.org.uk

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