Havant Royal British Legion handed £600 donation

DELIGHT Ken Smith, left, presents the cheque to Bill Bates
DELIGHT Ken Smith, left, presents the cheque to Bill Bates
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THE welfare of servicemen and women past and present will be helped after a donation of almost £600 from Havant Royal British Legion.

Ken Smith, president of the Havant branch, presented a cheque of £596 to Bill Bates, the county chairman of the RBL.

The money was raised through a green token scheme at Havant’s Waitrose.

Shoppers had a choice of three containers – each one representing a different charity – and the number of tokens was converted into cash.

Mr Bates told The News: ‘This is for the welfare of all our members. It’s for serving and ex-serving members and their families.

‘It’s wonderful – it’s keeping us going. Nationally the legion is spending £1.7m a week on its welfare programme.’

Healthcare equipment and counselling are just some of the things the welfare fund is spent on.

Mr Smith said: ‘The committee work so hard. It’s really great to be here today to present the cheque.’

Dave Argue, chairman of Havant RBL, added: ‘It’s what it’s all about.’

Havant’s RBL is based in Brockhampton Lane and has a large hall with a bar.

Mr Argue said: ‘We are desperately looking for new blood.

‘We really need to see some younger people coming up.’