A former Army Lieutenant Colonel has joined the Royal British Legion team in Lancashire.
Vaughan Kent-Payne has taken up the role of area manager following a 36-year career in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.
The fourth generation soldier has completed 17 operational tours including in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.
As the Legion’s new area manager, his role will oversee the delivery of welfare support services – ranging from benefits and money advice to providing immediate needs grants – in Lancashire.
In the last year, the Lancashire team has provided support to approximately 1,000 members of the Armed Forces community with needs including assistance with debt, the provision of household goods and housing repairs. His appointment comes as the charity announces it has raised more £800,000 in Lancashire. So far, the Appeal has raised £847,660 with more money being collected. It’s the fourth year in a row that it has broken the £800,000 fundraising target.
Vaughan said: “Having served in the Army, I now feel very privileged to work for a charity that reaches out to help so many service men and women. As the nation’s leading Armed Forces charity, The Legion has been helping Service people past and present for over 90 years. We provide £1.6m every week in direct welfare support and respond to over 170,000 calls annually for practical help, advice and support.
“The local team is dedicated to providing a wide range of flexible support services, from helping a young widow through an inquest to ensuring that an older veteran can stay independent in their own home.
“We value the enthusiasm and commitment of our local members, who undertake a wide range of volunteer roles and fundraising activities for the Legion, and I encourage anyone who is interested to get involved.”
The Legion has recently launched three new ways to reach out to Service personnel, veterans and their families to help provide them with the advice and support they need at any stage of their lives. These are online, by phone or email or face to face through a new pop in advice centres.