THE annual Poppy Appeal will go ahead in Rotherham but there will be no sellers on the streets this year.
Volunteer sellers will be stationed in supermarkets around the borough and people will be encouraged to purchase poppies online to support armed forces charity the Royal British Legion.
Poppy sellers raised £145,166 in the Rotherham area last year and the volunteering team have been working hard to get this year’s campaign off the ground.
Sylvia Laing, community fundraiser for Rotherham and Sheffield, said: “The Poppy Appeal is still going ahead this year but the impact of the pandemic means we have to deliver it a different way.
“We have all been working hard to make sure it can go ahead and to give people the opportunity to purchase a poppy.”
Sylvia said more than 15 million poppies would be distributed via supermarkets across the UK.
She said some would be allowing poppy stalls inside if sellers were able to socially distance from staff and customers.
“In Rotherham we have got great coverage so there will be plenty of opportunities for people to get poppies and other items,” said Sylvia.
She said volunteers would be staffing stalls at Morrisons in Parkgate and Catcliffe, Tesco Extra in Rotherham and Asda.
“There will be no face-to-face poppy sellers due to the fact a lot of our volunteers are vulnerable,” said Sylvia. “The safety of our volunteers comes first.”
Find alternative ways of raising money for the Poppy Appeal by visiting rbl.org.uk. These include downloading a poppy to display in the window or ordering a poppy in the post.