Alford Legion appeal

THE Alford Branch of the Royal British Legion has urged the public not to think of their work as a once a year Remembrance event.

The local branch made the plea as it announced a push for new members last week.

A spokesperson for the group said: “We are perceived by many as a charity that is mainly focussed on the world wars and Remembrance Sunday.

“Obviously we have to guard against throwing away the past - the Royal British Legion is a great institution, filled with good people who do good things.

“Sadly though, like most organisations that require membership, numbers wane, so the future needs to be embraced,” they added

The Legion spends over £1.2million a week on welfare. Over 160,000 calls for help are answered through Poppy support services each year. They also provide assistance to 10,000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

They added: “It’s Catch 22. Without members there will be no Legion. “With no Legion, no welfare.”