Budleigh Salterton Poppy Appeal boss Glenn to step down after 14 years and £120,000

PUBLISHED: 17:05 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:26 07 March 2018

Budleigh Salterton Poppy Appeal organiser Glenn Sismore-Hunt, receiving the award for being the best organiser in Devon, in 2013, from Devon Royal British Legion chairman Ralph Howard-Williams.

Budleigh Salterton Poppy Appeal organiser Glenn Sismore-Hunt, receiving the award for being the best organiser in Devon, in 2013, from Devon Royal British Legion chairman Ralph Howard-Williams.

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Budleigh Salterton's Poppy Appeal could be taken out of local hands if the search for a new organiser proves fruitless.

A new organiser for the town will be needed in 2019 following news the current post-holder is to stand down after more than a decade.

Glenn Sismore-Hunt has coordinated the Budleigh and Salterton District Poppy Appeal for 14 years, supported by his wife Caz.

But he says the ‘right time’ has now come to hang up his collection box and someone to follow in his footsteps is being sought.

Glenn said: “Fourteen years is a long time and most people only do it for five! We have got a lot out of it, but decided it is time to go because we have got other things to do.

“You meet a lot of people and collect anything up to £9,000. I have raised around £120,000 since I have been doing and it that is rewarding.”

Glenn explained that, if a new recruit is not found in time to replace him, then the future of the Poppy Appeal in the area could be at risk.

The proceeds of the appeal go to the Royal British Legion, which supports wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women and helps their families.

Glenn added: “If there is nobody doing it, we might not have one and it wouldn’t be very good to lose it. It would be very sad. I am hoping somebody is going to come forward.”

Glenn said that there is a committee in Exeter which could take over if a replacement organiser is not found, but this could mean the collection would lose its ‘personal touch’.

“Everyone in the town knows me and my wife and they look forward to us coming,” he said.

Duties include preparing collection boxes, organising a wreath-laying ceremony and ordering poppies for the following year.

It is hoped the new organiser will come on board during the 2018 appeal to learn all that the role entails.

To find out more, contact Glenn on 01395 456452 or email g.sismorehunt@gmail.com

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