Mansfield’s Youth Mayor is hoping more young people will follow in her footsteps by volunteering to sell poppies for the annual Poppy Appeal.
Youth Mayor Jessica Wells and Youth Ambassador Lucy Fretwell will sell poppies on a stand outside HMV in the Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Mansfield, on Saturday from 10am-12 noon.
They will be joined by Poppy Appeal organiser for the Mansfield branch of the Royal British Legion, Joe Martin, and the Mayor of Mansfield Tony Egginton.
Mr Martin said there were about 30 poppy sellers 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.
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.
Jessica (16) from The Manor Academy said: “I’m really looking forward to being involved. The more people that help, the more money we can raise. I read in the national press that there was a queue of young people buying poppies from a young seller in London - I hope the same will happen in Mansfield on Saturday.”
The Mayor said: “It’s fantastic that Jessica and Lucy have offered to support such a worthwhile cause. I hope their actions will boost the appeal and inspire other young people to volunteer and ultimately to become the next generation of poppy sellers.”