MONEY raised by the Royal British Legion’s poppy campaign really can make a difference to those serving in the Armed Forces.
People are being encouraged to hold a Poppy Picnic on Armed Forces Day this Saturday to help fund the work of the Legion.
From providing crisis grants and family breaks to home repairs, benefits and money advice, the charity delivers practical support to the Armed Forces community.
Chris Purcell, 55, from Portsmouth, served in the Royal Navy between 1975 and 1995 as a Petty Officer in the Missile Branch.
However, when he left the service, he fell on hard times and had to turn to the Legion for help.
The Legion provided shopping vouchers, vital welfare support and help for his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which was only diagnosed in 2005.
Chris and his wife Louise are now both involved in the Legion’s work in Ports- mouth.
He said: ‘The Legion can put you onto the right people and steer you in the right direction.
‘It’s a huge weight off the mind to know that the assistance is there and to know that you’re not the only one.
‘We had a welfare rep come round. He was very helpful and showed a lot of empathy.
‘I’m really thankful for the British Legion and all the work they do.
‘I think their work is tremendously important.
‘They’ve been a lifeline to many veterans and serving personnel.’
Whether it’s a community picnic, a sports day or friendly bake-off amongst friends and family, hosting a Poppy Picnic offers people the chance to celebrate the British summer and support veterans, as well as serving personnel and their families.
To register an event, order a Poppy Picnic pack (including invitations, stickers, posters and more) and get inspiring picnic ideas at visitpoppypicnic.org.uk