Newspaper readers raise £10 million for military veterans

A campaign by the Sun newspaper has raised £10 million for military veterans.

In September, the newspaper launched a campaign to help the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal which was in crisis because of the pandemic.

A host of celebrities, including David Beckham, who took poppies to Chelsea Pensioners, backed the campaign. It is fantastic that David was able to give his support at such a crucial time.

Many of the Royal British Legion annual fundraising events could not take place this year and without the visual reminders of the poppy sellers on the streets it was feared that donations would dry up.

The work of the Royal British Legion is crucial in supporting not only veterans but also serving personnel and their families.

This campaign has been a fantastic effort by all concerned. The nation will never forget.

As a member of the Royal British Legion’s St James’ branch my relationship with the Legion started in 1988 when I was asked to provide legal advice to legion beneficiaries and went on to found the RBL Solicitors Group.

This group of likeminded lawyers have helped many beneficiaries – not only as a result of death or injury in service and the inquest process but as a campaigning body lobbying for significant operational changes, preventing injuries and saving lives.

Hilary Meredith