Bluewater Poppy Launch 2014


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Poppy Black BackgroundWe are the nation's leading Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the Armed Forces past and present and their families.

The public are generally aware of this during the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance period from late October to mid November and we receive fantastic support with the majority of people wearing poppies.

But our work for our Armed Service family contimues every day, and so we hope to have your support throughout the year.  This can take many forms from a simple donation to the thrills of skydiving.

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Take a look around our website, or follow us on Facebook, to see how you can get involved.



Dear Colleagues 

The Poppy Appeal has finished as quickly as it started and the early signs are that this year has been one of our most successful yet. I’d like to personally thank you all for your outstanding commitment and excellent work throughout the period – without your efforts the Appeal would not have been possible. 

In the countdown to Remembrance, a huge range of activity was consistently happening – there wasn’t a dull moment. In London, Prince Harry placed a poppy cross of Remembrance at the field of crosses placed at Westminster Abbey on behalf of bereaved military families whilst in Barnby in Suffolk 1,000 hand-made poppies were dotted around the village leaving locals both bemused and touched. 

Meanwhile, the city poppy days demonstrated the enormous level of support there is for the Poppy Appeal nationwide. London, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham and Plymouth were the key ones but collecting by our volunteers took place far and wide in communities large and small throughout the country.

Remembrance weekend was full of poignancy and hope, and with 2014 being the year of the World War One Centenary and British troops leaving Afghanistan, the Festival of Remembrance was one of the most memorable in Legion history - the team who organised it did a phenomenal job. Standard bearers made their entrance under the Live On banner, D-Day veteran Jim Radford’s shanty “Shores of Normandy” brought a tear to the audience’s eye, Joss Stone belted out the Poppy Appeal single ‘No Man’s Land’ and the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch led a moving inter-faith service. 

On Remembrance Sunday, HM the Queen was applauded in a rare public outburst at the Cenotaph, Whitehall was overflowing as members of the public paid respects and a total of 10,883 veterans proudly joined the march. 

The Remembrance season always closes with Silence in the Square and this was once again a rare and remarkable occasion in which comradeship is captured; thousands of people joining together to mark the Two Minute Silence in paying their respects for the fallen. 

All of you have undoubtedly contributed to an immense rise in our profile and impacted on another incredible Appeal. 

Well done, thank you and best wishes, 


Chris Simpkins DMA, Hon.DUniv, FIoD, DL

Director General 


If you've served in the Forces or are the dependant of someone who has served, The Royal British Legion's services are available to help you. Around 9.5 million people in the UK are eligible for our support and we spend nearly £1.4 million a week helping those in the greatest need.


We hope to make fundraising here in Kent a rewarding experience - fundraising doesn't have to be daunting, and with our advice, tips and support, we know hope you'll find it simple and fun.  See our fundraising pages for more information, and stand shoulder to shoulder with all who serve. Visit our Facebook Page Facebook here in Kent


Our volunteers and supporters form the backbone of the Legion. Without them we would miss not just the money thety raise on our behalf, but the enthusiam and human touch they bring to the work they do. See our Volunteering Opportunities page for more infomation. 


The Legion was formed as a voice for the Armed Forces community. 360,000
members help us ensure that this voice does not go unheard.HelpUsHelpThem

We welcome all supporters of the Service community, you don't have to have an
Armed Forces background to join.

  • Join a network of people who care about Armed Forces personnel,
    ex-Servicemen and women and their families
  • Show your support for our campaigning work for the Armed Forces
  • Access unique discounts through the MOD Defence Discount Scheme and Rewards for Forces discounts
  • Vote on the issues we champion and shape the way the Legion evolves
  • Enjoy social and sports events and get
    involved in one of our 50 bands
  • Receive free copies of our bi-monthly Legion Magazine which keeps you up to date with news about the Legion's work around the UK and abroad
  • Join one of 2500
    nationwide or overseas
  • Receive concessions on affiliated Legion products including Poppy Travel
  • Take part in ceremonial events, indirectly through eligibility
    to tickets for the Festival of Remembrance, or directly by becoming a Standard Bearer
  • Youth members can take part in parades as youth standard bearers; learn to play a musical instrument; become a majorette and possibly take part in the annual Festival of Remembrance.
  • Call into your nearest branch to fill in out a membership form
  • Our online membership is being upgraded and will be available again in mid May
  • Membership costs £15 a year. Individual branches may also charge an
    administration fee
  • Join either your county branch, a national branch or one of our an overseas branches. National branches have no geographical borders. They include:
  • Youth membership is available for people aged 12 to 16 years
  • Your support really matters

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