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The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

2nd of October 2003

The Royal British Legion was founded in 1921 to help needy ex-Servicemen and women financially and to restore self-respect by providing employment. Over 80 years later these principles still hold true. The RBL carries out more, and a much wider, range of charitable work than ever before, available to all sections of the ex-Service community –young and old – and their dependents who are in need.

The Pension Department deals with over 13,500 new war pension claims each year, and has a team of trained officers who represent claimants at over 3,600 war pension Tribunals each year. In any one year they obtain over £14 million in pensions and allowances for claimants, including war widows. Through its welfare work, the Legion looks after the needs of ex-Service men and their families, helping the long-term sick in times of need with grants and maintaining the Legions three convalescent homes. The Legion also runs seven residential homes for those in need of permanent care.
Resettlement training has always been a priority for the Legion. Each year, thousands of ex-Service personnel attend training courses at the Legions colleges at Ellesmere Port and Tidworth. The Legion is a major employer of disabled ex-Service men and women and runs courses for disabled personnel from anywhere in the UK to help overcome or diminish their disabilities.

The work of the RBL is funded through the annual Poppy Appeal with collections taking place during the first fortnight in November. I do hope that you will continue to give as generously as you have done in the past when the village ‘poppy ladies knock on your door once more.

Remembrance Sunday is on 9 November and there will be a short service at the War Memorial on the Common at 10.55am, followed by the Remembrance Service in St Pauls Church.
Patrick Gardiner Secretary, Royal British Legion

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