British Legion is there to help

Some of Scarborough Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal volunteers, Dave Jordan, back left, Jim Carson, Reg Widdowson, Pete Parkinson, appeal chairman, Madge Parkinson, front left, Audrey Jordan, Beryl Anderson, appeal co-ordinator, and Gail Normandale. Photo by Andrew Higgins 124406b     30/10/12
Some of Scarborough Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal volunteers, Dave Jordan, back left, Jim Carson, Reg Widdowson, Pete Parkinson, appeal chairman, Madge Parkinson, front left, Audrey Jordan, Beryl Anderson, appeal co-ordinator, and Gail Normandale. Photo by Andrew Higgins 124406b 30/10/12

The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Service charity, providing practical care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

It campaigns to improve their lives and safeguard the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces.

The charity also runs one of the UK’s largest membership organisations and is recognised as the nation’s custodian of Remembrance.

The most popular campaign is the annual Poppy Appeal which sees the nation express its unequivocal support for the Royal British Legion’s charity work.

The appeal starts in October each year, but fund-raising for the Legion continues throughout the year.

This summer, for the first time ever, The Royal British Legion is inviting everyone to get together, up and down the country, for a Poppy Picnic – and support Britain’s bravest.

Every penny raised will go towards the Legion’s welfare work with Service people, young and old, and their families.

Hosting a Poppy Picnic is designed to be a fun and simple way to get together with friends and family and raise funds for the Legion’s welfare work. People can register their event on the Royal British Legion website to obtain a picnic pack which includes posters, stickers, invitation cards and a collection box for donations.

The Legion’s mission is to provide welfare, comradeship, representation and Remembrance for the Armed Forces Community.

Whether it’s families coping with the loss of a loved one, help at home to adapt to independent living, recovery centres for injured personnel, money and careers advice or residential care: the Royal British Legion is there to help. Millions of people in the UK and around the world are eligible to access our welfare services and we aim to help the most in need.

As the legacy of Afghanistan and Iraq combine with defence cuts, strains on public sector support and a peak in welfare demand from older veterans, the Service community is expecting to face growing demand of health and welfare needs in the coming years. The Royal British Legion has committed £50 million over 10 years to help serving men and women who are wounded, injured or sick. The money will be used to develop the Battle Back Centre, an adaptive sports facility in Shropshire and to fund the operating costs of four Personnel Recovery Centres in the UK and a Personnel Recovery Unit in Germany.

The facilities are part of the MoD’s Defence Recovery Capability initiative, delivered in partnership with Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion, alongside other Service charities and agencies.