The Poppy Appeal in Stibbington & District
The 2016 Poppy Appeal in Stibbington and District Branch
The amount raised by the Branch and Community for the Poppy Appeal 2016 was:
Branch & Community Total £1,025.65
The Royal British Legion is the guardian of Remembrance and other national tributes to the many thousands who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country; and rightly so. But the Poppy Appeal is also about helping the Afghan generation of the Armed Forces and their families - today and for the rest of their lives. The Legion is the UK's leading Service charity and there are many Service personnel past and present who need help and support. That is why it is so important to do whatever we can to support the work undertaken by the Legion.
Armed Forces families are at the heart of the Legion's welfare work. In addition to those who serve. help is provided to the mothers, fathers, partners and children of serving personnel past and present. The Poppy Appeal helpes to make it possible for the Legion to respond to more than 165,000 calls for help from Armed Forced families and tipically £1.7 million is spent every week on direct welfare support.
The Legion also gives thousands of people well deserved breaks which include 'bucket and spade' holidays for families and adventure breaks for Service children.
For older veterans the Legion have six residential care homes, two of which have specialist Dementia Units; two more Units are planned in 2013/4. The Legion also provide a lifeline for their beneficiaries through the 'Handy Van' service which assists people to live independently.
Serving and ex-Service beneficiaries may also receive: 'Immediate Needs' grants of cash, goods or services; Benefits and Money Advice; help from 'Client Support Officers' for homeless veterans or those at risk of homeleseness; and help for Service leavers to set up their own business through funding and mentoring.
The Legion also supports other initiatives too numerous to mention here..