The Royal British Legion, Jersey, has announced that the Poppy Appeal has raised over £212,000 in 2022, its centenary year.
The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional care to all members of the British Armed Forces – past and present – and their families. The vital funds raised, £212,452, will ensure that every member of the Armed Forces community in the Island receives the support they need.
From finance and careers advice, to rehabilitation courses and care homes for older veterans, the Royal British Legion has been supporting Service men and women, veterans and their families in Jersey since 1922.
Organisers of the Appeal have been staggered by the generosity of Islanders. Alison Opfermann, Poppy Appeal organiser, said: “This is an incredible total and we are truly humbled by the generosity of Islanders. On behalf of service veterans and their families, we offer sincere and heartfelt thanks. It’s just wonderful that everyone has come together to show such support for our forces community in our centenary year.”
Tim Daniels, Chairman of The Royal British Legion, Jersey said: “Every purchase and donation to the Poppy Appeal stays with the charity on the Island and helps members or former members of the Armed Forces Community. We are so very thankful to the people of Jersey for the funds raised.”
In 2021, the Council of Ministers signed the Armed Forces Covenant, renewing the Government of Jersey’s commitment to support military personnel and veterans living in Jersey. Organisations on island are also encouraged to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant, which is designed to protect anyone from being disadvantaged because of their military service both during, and after leaving, the forces. The Covenant aims to encourage all in Jersey to offer assistance to the local armed forces community and make it easier for service personnel, families and veterans to access the help and support which is available.
Pictured: Tracey Williams, President of the RBL Jersey Branch with Chelsea Pensioners during the Poppy Appeal.