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. Read more “Royal British Legion’s work in Wales”
On Saturday I joined with staff at Sainsbury’s, Flint, Flint Town Mayor, Flint Male Voice Choir and the Royal British Legion for the launch of the Poppy Appeal 2018 campaign.
This year marks the centenary since the end of the First World War and it is vitally important that we come together to remember the sacrifice made by so many. Each and every town and village in Delyn saw men leave to fight on the front line and every family will have been touched by the War. 2018’s campaign is called Thank You. It’s a chance for us to thank all those in the Armed Forces – both veterans and those serving. I hope people will join in this years remembrance.
This week I met with the Royal British Legion to pledge my support for the ‘Count them in’ campaign. This campaign is being run because the Royal British Legion maintains that statutory and voluntary service providers are currently unable to fully meet the needs of the Armed Forces community as there is limited and patchy data available concerning their profile, needs and location.
This is disappointing given both the commitments that have been made by the UK Government in respect of honouring the Armed Forces Covenant, and the fact that the last census left us knowing more about the UK’s ‘Jedi Knight’ population than about those who have served their country. Read more “Count Them In Campaign”