A charity is asking for people to donate their time to help with their Poppy Appeal this November.

The Royal British Legion (RBL) are asking for volunteers to come forward to help in St Albans, which usually raises £80,000 in November for the charity.

This is part of the national recruitment drive being made by the charity to get more than 350,000 volunteers for its annual appeal.

They will be helping raise money for the 6.2 million current and former members of the Armed Forces and their families eligible for help.

This year, the charity wants to appeal people of all ages and backgrounds to volunteer for the cause.

RBL Community Fundraiser for Hertfordshire Kate Mackay said: “As well as smaller volunteer roles, we need a main Organiser who will order the poppies, organise volunteers and help collect the tins and wreaths and ensure we have the poppies in St Albans in time for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

“We do hope someone, or a group of people, in the area will come forward to take on this important role in St Albans. People in the city are so supportive and do dig deep for us.

“During our collections we have a great sense of reward as people always have a soft spot for the Poppy Appeal and our cause.

“We are also urgently looking for long- and short-term storage space within the city for the Appeal materials such as tins and poppies. If a business can help, please do get in touch.”

Director of Fundraising Claire Rowcliffe said: "The Poppy Appeal is The Royal British Legion’s main fundraising event of the year.

“Our volunteers are very much the lifeblood of the Poppy Appeal and contribute enormously to the charity year-round through a variety of roles.

“The best thing about being a volunteer for the Legion is that we welcome all ages and all backgrounds, people don’t have to be associated with the Armed Forces, they just need to be passionate about the cause.”

The Poppy Appeal is the largest single fundraising event in the Legion’s calendar and more than 40 million poppies are made and distributed across the UK and overseas.

The charity supports veterans as young as 19, families of Armed Forces workers that are in need, by providing crisis grants, family breaks, benefits and advice on money and inquests.

For more information contact community fundraiser Kate Mackay on 07920861161 or visit www.britishlegion.org.uk.