Support for services

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery with Marcus Hawthorn from the Royal British Legion.
Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery with Marcus Hawthorn from the Royal British Legion.

A charity supporting the Armed Forces community has been discussing its work with MP Ian Lavery.

The Wansbeck member met the Royal British Legion’s local area manager Marcus Hawthorn at an event in Parliament to find out more about the issues faced by service personnel past and present and their families.

Hearing loss and difficulty finding employment are the biggest problems for working age veterans, while older ones have concerns about physical health and social care.

The charity has successfully campaigned for a £10m veterans’ hearing fund, supports career transition through a Civvy Street website and delivers community outreach services.

Mr Lavery said: “I enjoyed meeting staff from The Royal British Legion and learning more about the work being done in my local area.”

“Members of the Armed Forces community make huge sacrifices in the service of our country and I am proud to support the work of the Legion in honouring the memory of the fallen and building a better future for the living.”

Mr Hawthorn also highlighted planned centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme.

The Legion has produced a toolkit to help communities organise their own events to commemorate what was one of the bloodiest battles in history in which more than a million men were killed or wounded.

Mr Hawthorn said: “This parliamentary event offered a great opportunity to spread the word about the range of services that we provide and discuss our plans for the centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme.”

To download the Battle of the Somme centenary commemoration toolkit visit www.britishlegion.org.uk/Somme100