Lesley Laird MP has issued a plea for new Kirkcaldy volunteers to come forward for this year’s Poppy Appeal.
Her call comes after a trip to the Lady Haig factory in Edinburgh to visit the dedicated team of veterans who hand-make 5 million poppies for the appeal each year.
Established by Lady Haig – wife of Field Marshall Earl Haig – in 1926, Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to the Armed Forces community.
The charity reaches out to those who have served, those still serving, and their families at times of crisis and need by offering vital, practical advice, assistance and funding.
Last year the Poppy Appeal raised nearly £3m across Scotland, thanks to the generosity of businesses and individuals.
But key to the appeal’s success is the charity’s ‘army’ of 10,000 volunteers who distribute poppies and 50,000 collection tins across the country.
Lesley said: “When Ian Watson, branch director of MKM Building Supplies, learned there was no distributor in Kirkcaldy last year he stepped in to save the day.
“Thanks to his team’s dedicated efforts, and the incredible generosity of local people and businesses, the Kirkcaldy appeal eventually raised more than £14,000.
“I’m urging more volunteers to follow Ian’s example this year and register in advance to boost support for the appeal in Kirkcaldy and surrounding areas.
She added: “It was a pleasure to be invited on a tour of the factory and meet the amazing veterans there who, behind the scenes, make a key contribution to ensuring the welfare of the many brave men and women who defend our country.
“According to Poppyscotland, 230,000 forces personnel suffer from a long-term illness or disability, nearly 100,000 have experienced fuel poverty and around 75,000 have experienced social isolation. We owe them our support.”
To register to become a volunteer for Poppyscotland or to find out more about the charity’s other fundraising activities throughout the year, visit www.poppyscotland.org.uk/get-involved/