The Royal British Legion in North Staffordshire is the leading Ex-Service Organisation in the County. Theirprincipal concern is the welfare of ex-Service people and their dependants, with around 10.5 million people in the UK eligible for that support. Around 300,000 calls on the Legion are made each year, from people of all ages in need of help.
The Royal British Legion in North Staffordshire has a presence from Golden Hill & Sandyford in the north to Burton-upon-Trent in the south, consisting of 29 Branches, 4 Groups, 4 Clubs and over 2,500 members around the County.
The County offices are in Stafford on Stafford Technology Park, where the ‘County Team’ are based. Most if not all the main County Officials can be contacted by telephone and or email.
The County Team run and administer the county they are also your front line contacts to provide financial, welfare, emotional and social support to the ex-service population within North Staffordshire.
They raise money to fund their welfare work through direct mail, on-line donations, special events, in 2007 they are holding their first fund raising lunch on St. Georges Day. The single biggest source of income is the annual Poppy Appeal, run with the support of the general public and the dedication of the county volunteers.
Nowadays, the charity organisation is most famous for its annual Poppy Appeal and Remembrance services, which is held to honour the former and present members of the British Armed Forces, but also to promote its rights, interests, and overall well-being.
The Legion’s members are actively involved in fundraising activities for various cases, like their friendship and welfare visits which sum up to 300,000 on an annual basis. They also support nearly 36,000 pension cases for veterans disabled in war and advocate for the improvement of veteran pension funds. They are also dedicated to awareness rising by advocating for thorough research of the Gulf War Syndrome which still affects many returning veterans and workers who participated in the Gulf War from 1990 to 1991.many chronic diseases in the war veterans have been linked to the PTSD which the former soldiers are suffering from.
The Royal British Legion raises its voice for the war victims asking for appropriate compensations, for a larger endowment mortgage and a better integration policy for readjusting to civilian life for British soldiers who serve overseas.
Remembrance Festival and Remembrance Day
Before Remembrance Sunday, the commemoration day to honour British and Commonwealth soldiers which bravely fought in the First and Second World War and other wars, the Legion activists engage in fundraising by offering or selling artificial red poppies meant to be worn on clothing in exchange for a donation to support the causes funded by the Legion.
The red poppy is their registered trademark and serves the purpose of Poppy Appeal fund-raising solely under law. The beautiful red poppies are made of paper and manufactured in Richmond. The recognizable poppies can be found on other products as well, and they can be bought throughout the year. With every poppy product purchase, you make a small donation to the British Army causes.