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Youth Mayor's Poppy Appeal collection is a success

More than £500 was raised on Saturday at a Poppy Appeal collection attended by the Youth Mayor.

Youth Mayor Jessica Wells and Youth Ambassador Lucy Fretwell sold poppies on a stand in the Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Mansfield, on Saturday 10 November from 10am-12 noon.

They were joined by Poppy Appeal organiser for the Mansfield branch of the Royal British Legion, Joe Martin, and the Mayor of Mansfield Tony Egginton.

Jessica (16) from The Manor Academy said: "It was a great success and we are keen to be involved again next year. We also plan to encourage other young people to volunteer to help with next year's Poppy Appeal. The more people that help, the more money we can raise."

One of Jessica's pledges when she took up the post last month was to support troops by promoting the Cadets. Her great-grandfather fought in the Second World War, her uncle is in the Army and she has several close friends in the Cadets. Jessica said she was keen to help sell poppies because all the money raised in the annual Poppy Appeal went towards providing much needed support for the Armed Forces and their families.

The Mayor said: "It's fantastic that Jessica and Lucy offered to support such a worthwhile cause. I hope their actions will inspire other young people to volunteer and ultimately to become the next generation of poppy sellers."

Mr Martin said there were about 30 poppy sellers in Mansfield District, mainly aged 50-80. He said he was thrilled when Jessica and Lucy offered to help. He said although the Army, Sea and Air Cadets were already involved, he would love to see more young people volunteer next year.

You can keep up-to-date with the Youth Mayor and Youth Ambassador at www.facebook.com/mansfieldyouthmayor

Published 12 November 2012

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