GROUPS and organisations across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire are being called upon to raise cash for PoppyScotland as the country marks 100 years since the First World War.

The charity has launched a fundraising quest called the 1918 Poppy Pledge which will see groups, schools, businesses and clubs take on the challenge of raising £1,918 or more this year.

PoppyScotland has adopted the famous Lord Kitchener mantra ‘Your country needs you!’ to launch the campaign.

Gordon Michie, head of fundraising, said: “Since we launched The Poppy Pledge last year, we’ve had 102 pledgers sign up, which would result in the wonderful sum of at least £195,000 being raised, but the target is 250, or £480,000, which means we need schools, churches, rotary clubs, sports clubs, businesses, community groups in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire to get on board and do their bit for our brave troops and their families.

“Poppyscotland is committed to providing life-changing support to the Armed Forces community.”

To sign up, visit the website at