Join the British Legion Party

THE Royal British Legion is inviting the Essex community to help celebrate its 90th Anniversary year by attending ‘The Great Poppy Picnic’, being held at Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex on Saturday 11th June, 12 noon – 5pm.

You are invited to bring your own picnic along and be entertained by ‘Street Vibes’ dance group, the Blue Falcons Gymnastic team, Brentwood Youth Band, the Harwich Pipe band, ferret racing and much more. There will be static displays and stalls, including military vehicles, police horses, the fire service, facing painting and a tea and cake tent. Essex Community Fundraiser Tracey Hall, says, ‘it will be a great day for all the family with something for everyone.

We are really looking forward to celebrating our 90 years of serving our countries military family with the people of Essex.  The Essex public have always been so generous to our cause and the 2010 appeal has to date raised £1,08800.

This event is just one in a series of nationwide events taking place during this momentous year, as the Legion looks forward to meeting the needs of Serving and ex-Service personnel, and their families, in the future.

Among nationwide events to take place this year is the Great Poppy Party Weekend from June 10th to June 12th 2011.

The Legion is calling on communities and individuals to throw a party over this weekend to raise funds for the Legion, and there is a £1000 prize for the party held in the most unusual location.

“As we mark our 90th anniversary, the Legion’s mission is to put welfare at the heart of our organization and continue to help those who have Served and continue to Serve our country.

“With public support, the Legion can continue its crucial work helping our Armed Force family, in particular, the ‘Afghan generation’,”

Lynnette Francis, Essex County Manager said. “We have made a £50 million funding commitment to pay for The Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre (The RBL BBC) and the operating costs of a wider Personnel Recovery Capability for ten years.

The RBL BBC will be a national centre of excellence for activity based rehabilitation to help wounded, injured and sick Armed Forces personnel regain their fitness and return to duty, or reskill and make a successful transition to civilian life.

“We are honoured to commit £50 million, the Legion’s biggest single funding commitment in 90 years, towards these invaluable projects,” Lynnette Francis said.

“The whole recovery programme will help around 800 wounded, injured and long-term sick Service personnel each year between 2011 and 2021.”

The Legion would not have been able to deliver its vital work without consistent public support over the last 90 years.

“On behalf of the Legion, I would like to thank the public for its support over the last 90 years and invite everyone to join in with fundraising events and activities to help us raise £90 million in our 90th Anniversary year.” Tracey Hall said.

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