SISTERS who have been selling poppies in Hampshire for over a decade are once again doing their bit.

Jenny Spray and Marion Dew have been selling poppies in the county for 10 years and have since been appointed as joint Poppy Appeal organisers.

They currently organise the sale of poppies in Tadley and the surrounding area, in support of the Royal British Legion (RBL).

The charity, which organises the Poppy Appeal every October and November, relies on more than 3,500 dedicated volunteers to help deliver the appeal across the UK each year.

The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal was first held in the aftermath of the First World War in 1921, where red silk poppies were sold, raising over £106,000

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Jenny and Marion grew up with the Poppy Appeal, being the third generation of organisers in their family.

The sister’s parents were collectors for the Poppy Appeal for over 60 years, and their grandfather was also a member of a local RBL branch.

This is also the first year the sisters are selling the plastic-free poppies, launched by the RBL in October, which are now made entirely of paper. 

They said: “We really enjoy being Poppy Appeal organisers for Tadley and District and are especially excited that this year we’ve been able to distribute the plastic-free poppy.

“The poppy to us is a symbol of those who gave their lives in the wars, and a hope for a peaceful future.”