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Year-round support needed for the Royal British Legion

Lorraine Fullbrook, Conservative candidate for South Ribble

Lorraine Fullbrook, Conservative candidate for South Ribble

South Ribble MP Lorraine Fullbrook has called on constituents to support the work of the Royal British Legion year-round.

Mrs Fullbrook met with the Legion’s area manager for Lancashire, Richard Foster, to discuss its work in the South Ribble area.

Lorraine discussed the changing face of armed forces welfare provision as well as the Legion’s work developing Community Covenants.

Every week over £1.6 million is spent nationwide in direct welfare support for current and former personnel and their families.

Mrs Fullbook said: “Meeting with the Legion’s area manager was an invaluable opportunity to learn about the work done for servicemen and women in South Ribble.

“He made clear that the work does not stop on November 11, and providing support for armed forces families is a year round commitment.

“It’s vital that as a nation we honour the sacrifices made by the British armed forces and I’m proud to support the work of the Royal British Legion.”

Last year the Poppy Appeal is thought to have raised about £34m for servicemen and women, ex-servicemen and women and their families.

The fund-raising target in Lancashire alone is £750,000 each year.

Help provided includes crisis grants, family breaks, benefits and money advice, help transitioning to life out of the services, and inquest advice.

 

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