New poppy sellers wanted after donations drop

The Royal British Legion is appealing for more people to give up their time to help sell poppies.

In Dumfries, there are only three volunteers currently working and the charity says it particularly wants to encourage the younger generation to get involved in the appeal.

Veteran Colin Harris from the Royal British Legion Scotland said: "We're struggling for numbers, we're getting a bit more senior so we're more prone to illness and injuries."

"The uptake in donations has been really slow this year, we're sitting about halfway from what we were at this point last year."

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Dumfries has always had a good track record when it comes to raising money for the Scottish Poppy Appeal.

It often finds itself in the top ten areas across Scotland for donations.In recent years, big anniversaries have meant goodwill wasn't in short supply.

But fewer poppy sellers inevitably means fewer poppies sold.

There's now a drive to get younger volunteers involved.

Veteran Brian Dickie said: "You don't have to work all year, just a couple of hours over two weeks.

"It doesn't have to be a veteran, anybody in the community can come and help it's there for everybody because if it wasn't for the veterans, people wouldn't be here."

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