The organizers of Poppy Appeal urged people to remember to support the appeal this year as they do their best to organize the collections in accordance with coronavirus regulations
There will be no official launches as usual and far fewer places people can buy poppies or other Royal British Legion fundraising products
Organizers say they accept the reasons for the restrictions, but hope people remember they still need to fundraise, though it may not be at the forefront of the most people’s minds, with the country in the grip of a pandemic
The organizer of the Newark appeal, M Paul Spreckley, said: “While the country is thinking about a lot of things, may I ask, when you have a quiet moment, to remember all the men, women and children who fought ââ €? several thousand people lose their lives or return home with terrible injuriesâ ????
In Newark, the mayor of the city traditionally launches the appeal by buying the first poppy at the town hall, but that will not happen this year
M Spreckley said this year’s arrangements were made after talks with the Royal British Legion nationwide and Newark City Council
Paper poppies and a few other items will be available at a booth outside NatWest Bank in Newark, four hours a day for five days before Remembrance Sunday
The stand will be there for the first time this Saturday, then on Saturdays October 31 and November 7
He will also be present on Wednesdays October 28 and November 4 On each date, he will be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
M Spreckley said developing plans had been difficult, with ever-changing regulations, which could still change
« We in the Royal British Legion do our best to follow the rules and our main goal is to protect everyone, as well as our own members, » he said
– The city council kindly allowed us to have a stand in the market place They will put up barriers and spacing markers
People donating at the booth will have to follow a one-way system and put their money in collection jars as merchants are not allowed to handle money
M Spreckley has said he hopes people in and around the city will support the Royal British Legion as well as they always have.The appeal last year raised around £ 40,000
In Southwell, where collection boxes are typically placed at premises across town, there will only be one, in the Queen Street Handicentre, starting on Saturday
The secretary of the branch of the Royal British Legion, Mr. Robert Beckett said: “Normally we would have them in pubs and stores and everywhere, but that’s out of the question.
â ???? We chose The Handicentre because it is the most central store in town and the busiest.
He said the safety of the Legion members and the people of the town is the number one priority and the Legion must behave responsibly
– The Legion has such a good reputation in Southwell and we cannot afford to tarnish it, – he said
M Beckett said people can also donate by text or online by visiting the Royal British Legion’s national website
In Bingham, the Royal British Legion decided they could not bring their members to stores this year
M Long-time branch member Mick Walker said: “We’re all over 65, so we’re in the danger zone.at ????
Some stores in town, including Sainsburys and Aldi, have confirmed they will be selling poppies
M Walker said some Legion members will have a small number of poppies available if people ask for them
The Balderton branch of the Royal British Legion will also not have members who congregate in their usual locations
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