I was recently delighted to meet in Parliament with the Royal British Legion’s North West Regional Manager, Richard Foster, (pictured) to discuss the work of the Legion in Oldham East and Saddleworth and across the wider region.
I used the opportunity to discuss with Mr Foster the changing face of Armed Forces welfare provision in the local community. The event also presented a chance for me to hear more about the Legion’s work developing Community Covenants locally.
Many people don’t realise that the Legion spends £1.6 million every week in direct welfare support for the Serving and ex-Service community and their families, and their work certainly does not stop on 11th November.
Providing assistance for members and former members of the Armed Forces who have been injured, or who need help in other ways, as well as their families, is a 365-day-a-year job.
It is vital that we as a nation honour the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces, and I’m proud to support the wide range of work undertaken by The Royal British Legion.
- The Royal British Legion provides care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces, past and present, and their families.
- As the nation’s leading Armed Forces charity, the Legion spends £84 million a year on vital welfare work, providing social, emotional and financial care and support to serving and ex-Service people and their families.
- Approximately 9 million people in the UK are eligible for the Legion’s support.
- More information on the Legion’s work can be found here