Welcome to the Young Professionals Branch of The Royal British Legion
4 November 2014: General Lord Dannatt, previously Chief of the General Staff spoke at a drinks reception for Branch members at The Cavalry and Guards Club.
7 October 2014: Sir Gerry Grimstone, Chairman of Standard Life and Lead Non-Executive at the Ministry of Defence hosted a drinks reception and 'An evening with' for Branch members on the 34th floor of 'The Gherkin'. We are very grateful to Sir Gerry and to Standard Life for their support and hospitality.
25 October 2014: Branch member Sophie Orr hosted the second annual Poppy Rocks Ball at the Honourable Artillery Company. We'll confirm the final fundraising total here as soon as it is known.
8 November 2013: Branch member Sophie Orr hosted the inaugural Poppy Rocks Ball, raising a staggering £16,732.80 for the Poppy Appeal.
10 November 2013: Her Majesty the Queen led the nation's Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph. Members of the Branch took part in the march past that followed two minutes of silence.
27 November 2013: The Branch hosted An evening with Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of The John Lewis Partnership, at the East India Club.
2 April 2013: Our Annual General meeting took place 7pm at the offices of Ashurst LLP, Broadwalk House, 5 Appold Street, London EC2A 2HA. All members were very welcome to attend. If you would like to join the Branch, we have an online joining facility, but feel free to contact our Secretary, James Lambert, if you would like to talk to somebody about joining the Branch first.
11 November 2012: Her Majesty the Queen led the nation's Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph. Members of the Branch took part in the march past that followed two minutes of silence.
15 November 2012: The Branch had its first social at Babble Bar, Berkley Square, to celebrate the end of the Poppy Appeal and recognise the hard work of our volunteers over the course of the appeal.
Alan Mak, Founder and Chairman of the Branch has been selected as an Olympic Torchbearer. He will be carrying the Torch at 1115 on 20 June 12 in Beadle (Market Place & Bridge Street), a few miles from his home town of York, on Day 33 of the nationwide Torch Relay.
Alan was selected because of his work for the Royal British Legion, as well as for Magic Breakfast, a charity which provides a free, healthy breakfast to 6,000 British primary school children every morning in 210 schools across the UK.
Alan said, "I'm very proud to be carrying the Olympic Torch in Bedale. I hope my involvement will raise awareness of the Royal British Legion's work to support our veterans and their families in Bedale and across the country. We have the best Armed Forces in the world, and young professionals in Britain have a key role to play in ensuring that younger servicemen and women, especially those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, are looked after when they come home. Our Armed Forces and Legion volunteers are a great inspiration to me and I'll be thinking of them when I carry the Torch in the beautiful market town of Bedale in my home county of Yorkshire."
The Army v Navy Rugby at Twickenham saw branch officers raise money for the Legion with bucket collections around the stadium on a rather wet day!
Branch officers represented the Royal British Legion at the Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall. See the photo gallery for further information.