From The Staffordshire Evaning sentinel. Shortage of volunteers. http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/news/Appeal-launched-army-poppy-appeal-volunteers/article-392443-detail/article.html DOZENS of volunteers are wanted to help with this year's poppy appeal. More than Â£303,000 was raised through North Staffordshire's Royal British Legion poppy appeal last year. But as existing collectors become increasingly frail, 10,000 more volunteers are needed nationally. Community fund-raiser Nick Oldfield said: "Many of our collectors are older people who are becoming frail and can no longer assist us. They have well and truly done their bit and now we need some new faces.