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SOME LEGION FACTS AND FIGURES

  • We continue with our commitment of £50 million to help serving men and women who are wounded, injured or sick.  The money is used to develop and run the Battle Back Centre, an adaptive sports facility in Shropshire and to fund the operating costs of four Personnel Recovery Centres in the UK.  It also supports a Personnel Recovery Unit in Germany.  The facilities are part of the MoD's Defence Recovery Capability initiative, delivered in partnership with Help for Heroes, alongside other Service charities and agencies.

  • The figures for Branch Community Support activity across the Country in 2019 are listed below:
  • 4563 beneficiaries were visited by a Home/Hospital Visitor.
  • 4047 beneficiaries received a call from a Telephone Buddy.
  • 1599 beneficiaries received Bereavement support.
  • 687 Local Touchpoints were established.
  • 1858 Legion Awareness events were organised.

  • In order to address the urgent needs of our beneficiaries, £5.8 million per year has been redirected by ceasing to fund the 4 Break centres etc.  By better managing the use of these funds, the Legion can invest more in personalised support across our network.
  • Since 2016 there has been a 20% increase in people needing basic support with housing, financial issues, mental health and mobility.

  • Since 2016 the average cost of each welfare case has increased from an average of £900 to £1330, which is an increase of over 45%.

  • Grants to individuals have recently increased by nearly 30% from £8.6m in 2018 to a predicted £11m in 2019 which is a £2.4 million increase.

  • We provide over 400 residential spaces in our six Care Homes, including four with specialised wings for those suffering from dementia.

  • We have recently invested an extra £5 million in our Care Homes, including a 10-bed extension at Galanos House in Warwickshire.

  • In England, 95% of local authorities have joined the Community Covenant Scheme.  In Scotland and Wales, it's 100%.

  • A total of 212,270 members support the Legion in 2,504 branches in the UK and overseas.
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