Lancashire workers lend a helping hand to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

All systems go: Staff from BAE Systems in Lancashire during their Poppy Appeal preparation.

All systems go: Staff from BAE Systems in Lancashire during their Poppy Appeal preparation.

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Kindhearted workers at BAE Systems in Lancashire have been working flat out to help the Royal British Legion get ready for the annual Poppy Appeal.

Staff at the aerospace giant’s bases in Warton and Samlesbury have been counting and packing poppies.

Staff from BAE Systems in Lancashire during their Poppy Appeal preparation

Staff from BAE Systems in Lancashire during their Poppy Appeal preparation

Hundreds and thousands of poppies need counting, packing and distributing across the North West - and the employees helped to make it happen.

More than 200,000 poppies were packed at the sites after the Royal British Legion was chosen by employees across the two sites as the charity partner for the year.

Grace Chadwick, who co-ordinated the effort at Warton said: “The Royal British Legion is a great cause and there was no shortage of volunteers to help out when they asked for our help.

“It’s great to give something back into our local community, especially around Poppy Appeal time.”

Sarah Tinsley, community fundraiser for Lancashire said she was delighted with the support shown by the volunteer force.

She added: “The Royal British Legion is delighted with everything that BAE Systems employees at Warton and Samlesbury have done so far for us.

“The Legion is the nation’s biggest service charity – employees from BAE Systems are working hard to support the Poppy Appeal and are helping us to be the first point of contact for anyone from the Armed Forces Community in need of practical help, advice or support, for which we can’t thank them enough.”