CHARITY bosses have come up with a unique way to raise funds and help out serving and former soldiers – by recruiting a new member dubbed 'Poppy man'.
Swadlincote and District Royal British Legion has unveiled its latest recruit and revealed that they will be taking 'him' out and about across the area to raise money for the Poppy Appeal.
The design is made up of recycled materials and legion members are now urging people to make a donation to place a poppy on the 'man' and dedicate it to a loved one.
Glyn Jackson, branch secretary, said: "Thanks to Jacqui Johnson and her pupils at Eureka School, in Midway, the branch now has its very own poppy man.
"The poppy man, which has been constructed from recycled materials including chicken wire donated by local councillor Michael Bale, will be appearing at events and during the Poppy Appeal fortnight at a local supermarket. Members of the public can now make a donation to the Poppy Appeal and place a poppy on our poppy man, dedicating it to someone from their family or to all those who have given their lives in the service of our country and county.
"For his first outing, he appeared at Overseal Gala, where he raised a total of £39 in donations, a good percentage of the £186 total raised on the day.
"We will be keeping a running total of the donations he raises so that we can let the children know what their hard work has achieved."
More information is available at www.britishlegion.org.uk