Well thats it – yesterday I finished my induction training with my final supervised visit and I am now a welfare caseworker for the Royal British Legion! When my ID badge arrives that is!
So why do it? Well mostly ‘cos my big sister thought I might enjoy it and partly because of family history!
This rather grainy old picture is a family treasure – the chap on the right is my Great-Grandfather Leonard Kimber. Born in 1882 he enlisted in November 1914 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment. At some point later he was the victim of a gas attack and invalided out. At least that is the family story. What we do know is that he was one of the first employee’s in the Poppy Factory in the 1920’s.
Every year the Royal British Legion helps thousands of serving and ex-service people and their families, with financial assistance, family breaks, nursing care, help in their own homes, business start up schemes and often just by being there!
Did you know that the Legion spends £1.7 million a week delivering welfare support to serving and ex-service people of all ages and their families.
Did you know that in 2011 the Legion awarded £5.6 million in grants to other organisations
Did you know that over 1,400 Armed Forces families, many who have been through recent separation due to Service, received holidays from the legion
Close to 9 million people are eligible for Legion support, and they aim to help the 500,00 most in need. Half the people they help are below retirement age.
Go have a look at their website – I think you’ll be surprised at just how much they do! I was certainly was!
So remember when you see the poppy collection tin in November your money is helping not just the man (or woman) who wears the uniform, but their families, partners and children too.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
We will remember them.
(Please note the information and figures quoted regarding the levels of assistance given are taken from The Royal British Legion web site)