Jim retires from coordinator job in Poppy Appeal

Poppy appeal coordinator Jim Rimmington and his wife Pauline
Poppy appeal coordinator Jim Rimmington and his wife Pauline
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A Poppy Appeal coordinator who has helped raise thousands of pounds over the last five years is stepping down from the vital role.

Jim Rimmington, 76, of Oban Close, Stamford, feels the time is right to retire from the role of Poppy Appeal coordinator for the Stamford branch of the Royal British Legion.

As part of his job, he has overseen the distribution of 320 boxes across the town, organising places for them to go and collecting them back, as well as counting the money donated in return for a poppy.

He also organises collections in the supermarkets and in the High Street.

The boxes are delivered by RJ Scholes funeral services.

The appeal raises more than £40,000 a year to help serving and former service personnel and their families.

Jim has been supported over the years by his wife Pauline, 80.

He officially retired on Sunday but will stay in the post until a replacement is found.

Jim said: “The Poppy Appeal coordinator is one of two of the most important positions in the branch but it does take an awful lot of time and I think as my wife and I get older, it is time for someone else to take up the mantle.”

Jim doesn’t have a service background but decided to join the branch because of the social aspects but he was soon persuaded to take up the role of coordinator.

He will remain a member of the branch and will be on hand to help the person who fills his shoes.

To find out more about the coordinator role or to join the branch call Jo Ticehurst on 07867 537099.

The Bourne branch of the legion is also looking for volunteers to help man the Poppy Appeal stalls at Sainsbury’s and Tesco in Bourne and anyone who feels they can help should call coordinator Bill Griffin on 01778 426582.