I welcome the news from the Royal British Legion (RBL) regarding the impact they have had in Wales.
Between October 2017 and September 2018, the RBL gave out over £460,000 in welfare grants to clients and their handy vans conducted 870 visits to veteran’s homes.
The average age of a veteran supported by the RBL also fell to 50 years old from 54 in 2016/17 and the footfall at their offices and outreach increased by 24% on the previous year.
Other key information provided to me from the RBL demonstrated that:
• RBL responded to 1,079 incidents across Wales and 98% of those were resolved.
• 651 welfare grants delivered to clients to the value of £460,394
• There are 177 branches working with 8890 members in Wales
• Their Independent Living Team is working with 74 clients; and
• The War Pension Team supported 190 clients at Tribunals across Wales.
The tireless efforts of the Royal British Legion cannot be understated. Last year people’s generous donations ensured that they were able to raise over £2million to help fund these vital services.
I am delighted to see Wales receiving so much support from The Legion and I hope that people will continue to donate to the poppy appeal to ensure that this remains the case. It is only right that people who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country are given the help and support they need.
Last year marked the centenary of the end of the First World War. The poppy appeal was a particularly poignant one because of it. Seeing so many people from Delyn attending memorial events to remember lost loved ones was deeply moving and it is heart-warming to know that the money raised from the appeal is being spent to support our veterans. I also want to thank the local volunteers that ensure that the Royal British Legion can provide the care that ex-Armed Forces personnel need.