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Gnosall & District Branch

Legion Facts and Figures

Below are some interesting facts and statistics relating to the Legion.

  • More than 9 million people in the UK are eligible to call on us for help.
  • Our mission is to reach out to the 500,000 in the greatest need - the financially vulnerable, those who are socially or emotionally isolated, and those in poor health or living with a long-term illness.
  • We are there for them at life's critical events - injury, bereavement, at times of financial hardship and when they need care in old age.
  • The Legion spent over £114 million on its work in 2010. We spend nearly £1.4 million a week delivering health and welfare support to Service people young and old, and their families.
  • Our Benefits and Money Advice service helped to write off £18.3 million in debt for beneficiaries struggling to copy financially during 2010 and to claim £9.1 million in additional income for those not receiving their full benefit entitlement.
  • We provided immediate assistance to 11,230 beneficiaries in a temporary crisis to the value of £6.1 million in 2010.
  • Our campaigning helped change the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme under the review led by Admiral Lord Boyce - with total estimated increases in compensation in excess of £40 milion for those injured or ill as a result of their Service.
  • The Legion was founded in 1921.
  • The Legion is one of the UK's largest membership organisations, with around 350,000 members (including the Women's Section). Anyone can be a member, ex-Service or not.
  • You don't have to be a Legion member to receive assistance - but you must be an ex-Service person or a dependant. Anyone who has been in the British Armed Forces for seven days or more (and their dependants) is eligible for help.
  • People as young as 17.5 years can be sent on active service, so veterans are often much younger than people realise. Nearly a quarter of those we help now are below the age of 44.
  • Since 2003 we have provided financial help to over 10,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan operations - and we are investing £50 million in Personnel Recovery Centres and our Battle Back Centre to care for the wounded of current conflicts.
  • There has only been one year (1968) since the Second World War when a British Service person hasn't been killed on active service.
  • Each year the Legion answers thousands of calls for help via Legionline our information helpline.
  • Our help covers a huge range of issues, including counselling, job retraining, skills assessment, getting the right pensions and benefits, money and career advice, welfare grants, pilgrimages to war graves, convalescent and nursing care, and home and hospital visits.
  • The Legion has close links to many other charities, organisations and trusts, enabling it to draw on the best resources and expertise, and to refer people to those best equipped to help them.
  • The Legion will be needed for as long as people continue to be affected by conflict. It doesn't advocate war but is simply there to support those who have been prepared to make a personal sacrifice through serving in the British Armed Forces.
  • In 2010, we raised £115.2 million - including a record £35 million for the Poppy Appeal. Apart from donations, funds come from legacies, sponsorship, corporate support and fundraising events.
  • 300,000 staff and volunteers organise the Poppy Appeal each year.
  • More than 30 million Remembrance poppies, 500,000 poppies of other types, 5 million remembrance petals, 100,000 wreaths and sprays, 750,000 Remembrance Crosses and other Remembrance items are made at the Poppy Factory in Richmond, Surrey, each year
  • More than 70% of the workers at the Poppy Factory are disabled or suffer from chronic illness. The Factory was designed to offer jobs to such people and its remit remains the same today.
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