The Poppy Appeal in Copythorne
Serving those in need
Residents of Copythorne and the surrounding area give generously and help us to raise ever increasing sums of money for the Royal Britsh Legion's annual Poppy Appeal.
Similar generosity is shown across Hampshire and nationally.
The Royal British Legion is a charity whose objectives are written in its Royal Charter. The charity looks after serving and ex-servicemen, women and their dependants who are in need, financially or otherwise.
All Legion Branch members are committed to taking an active part in promoting these aims.
Within Hampshire there are 30 local caseworkers who visit applicants to assess their need and determine if they qualify for help. The Area Welfare Office in Southampton will process these applications and offer the necessary assistance.
Nationally £51 million was spent last year helping those in need.
The Royal British Legion was able to fund Recovery Centres around the country to help those badly injured to regain their health, with a further £18 million.
Our seven residential homes and the four welfare break centres cost a further £8 million.
Every week last year the Royal British Legion was able to channel a staggering £1.7 million into its welfare activities.
The Legion is also able to almonise some of the cases and receive help from Regimental Associations and from the the applicant's employers, and locally from the Hampshire County RBL Welfare Fund.
The national Poppy Appeal does wonderfully well but cannot fully fund the welfare requirements of the charity. It is for that reason that Legion branches like Copythorne put a great deal of effort into funding other ways of raising additional funds to swell the Benevolent Fund.
The Royal British Legion bridges that gap through special events, lotteries and also generates money through its Trading Companies. This extra activity raised £17.5 million last year. Donations and legacies raised a further £38.8 million.
A small percentage of the money goes toward running the charity, its premises, staff, fundraising and other activities such as the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas and Remembrance Tours.
Of equal importance, the Legion campaigns to support the Armed Forces, most recently arguing for the Armed Forces Covenant which is now enshrined in law.