POPPYSCOTLAND needs a new area organiser (AO) to lead its fundraising efforts in Balfron this year and beyond.

Gordon Michie, the charity's head of fundraising, said: “We’re looking for individuals, businesses, groups of friends, or community organisations that have good organisational skills to step forward to lead this year’s Appeal in Balfron.

"Last year, hundreds of pounds were raised in the area, but, without your help, we will struggle to collect even a fraction of that amount and this will have a profoundly detrimental impact on our beneficiaries."

Molly Parsons, a current Poppyscotland AO, has highlighted the benefits of working in the role.

She said: “I’ve been an AO in nearby Killearn for almost ten years and really enjoy the interaction with the general public at Poppy Appeal time.

“Also, working with a great bunch of volunteers is rewarding, especially knowing we are helping to support the veteran community in Scotland.

"I have found that the public are very much aware of what the Scottish Poppy Appeal stands for and, therefore, it’s not difficult to encourage people to contribute.”

AOs form a 420-strong team covering every city, town and village in Scotland, and help pin over five million poppies on to Scotland’s coats, jackets and jumpers.

If you are interested in the role, contact Poppyscotland on 0131 550 1559 or 07941 851 589, or email volunteer@poppyscotland.org.uk.