Posted: 4 December, 2013 at 1:50 pm

John meets leading armed forces charity

John meets leading armed forces charity

The Royal British Legion has thanked John for taking the time to meet Legion Assistant Director for Operations in the North, Stephen Barnett.

The Legion is the leading provider of welfare for the Armed Forces community and John attended an event in the Houses of Parliament dedicated to showcasing the Legion’s work in the Rotherham and Barnsley area.

John used the opportunity to discuss with Mr Barnett the changing face of Armed Forces welfare provision in the local community.

The event also presented a chance for John to hear more about the Legion’s work developing Community Covenants locally.

Mr Barnett said: “It was great to see John Healey; we really appreciated him making the time to drop in.

“Many people don’t realise that we spend £1.6 million every week in direct welfare support for the Serving and ex-Service community and their families, so we were delighted to tell John about the range of services we provide.”

John said: “I was really pleased to see Stephen. He made it clear that the Legion’s work does not stop on 11th November. Providing assistance for members and former members of the Armed Forces who have been injured, or who need help in other ways, as well as their families, is a 365-day-a-year job.

“It is vital that we as a nation honour the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces, and I’m proud to support the work of The Royal British Legion.”

The Royal British Legion provides care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces, past and present, and their families. As the nation’s leading Armed Forces charity, the Legion spends £84 million a year on vital welfare work, providing social, emotional and financial care and support to serving and ex-Service people and their families. Approximately 9 million people in the UK are eligible for the Legion’s support and we are proud to serve those in need, today and for the rest of their lives.