Saturday, 10 September 2011

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion, or "The Legion" as it is commonly known is one of the oldest charities providing welfare support for members of the armed services.  Most famous for its Poppy Appeal sold and worn on and around Remembrance Sunday, but The Legion raises money with activities throughout the year.  We even have a "Swear Jar" in our office where we pay a 50p fine into a Poppy shaped collecting tin every time we utter a profanity in the office.  The collection tin is then collected by ex RAF local member of the British Legion Riders branch every couple of weeks.

Like Help for Heroes The Legion has a range or merchandise alongside its Poppies and also accepts donations from any form of fund raising and you can donate your time as a volunteer helping out.

The Legion also maintains the National Memorial Arboretum.  The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. The Arboretum is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities.

As well as conducting detailed research into the condition of the ex-Service community in Britain and Europe (most recently in Spain) and have a long standing campaign on Gulf War Illnesses. 

If you would like to find out more The Legion's Public Policy Team produce a free e-newsletter. This bi-monthly alert provides an update on welfare rights, health, Government initiatives and the Legion's policy work and is a useful tool for anyone working in the Services welfare sector. Click here to subscribe.

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