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Sutton Coldfield RBL follows Lancashire in stairlift drive

4th February 2014

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

Following the sterling efforts of the Royal British Legion’s impressive Great Harwood branch in Lancashire, Sutton Coldfield’s RBL representatives in the West Midlands have proved that they are also apt at raising funds for their local ex-service people. Having raised £52,582 for ‘people who need stairlifts or a mobility scooter’, local poppy sellers have been praised as the British Legion thanked residents for their donations.

These hardworking poppy sellers achieved their amazing results by working from dawn to dusk for the charity so that those in need would receive the necessary aid to keep them living the life to which they are accustomed through such products as stairlifts for disabled users and the elderly. Fundraisers included ex-service people themselves going out to local supermarkets, collecting from 9am until 5pm, illustrating the sheer dedication those involved have for the cause.

£1.6 million spent every month

Organisers and fundraisers have expressed their thanks to the people of Sutton Coldfield, without whom the success would not have been possible, and many of the ex-service community would have been left without some of the necessary help the charity provides. Where such items as Handicare’s chairs for the elderly can help make daily life more comfortable and enable older people to continue living independently in their own homes, the Legion looks to provide such amenities to the ex-service community.

Town Poppy Appeal organiser for the Sutton Coldfield Branch, Roy Hubbard, explained that, “The Royal British Legion spend £1.6 million a month in assistance for the ex-service community,” which includes the aid provided to “people who need stairlifts or a mobility scooter”.

Roy went onto say that, as this year marks the centenary of the First World War, fundraisers at the Sutton Coldfield branch of the Royal British Legion hope to raise even more for the cause and the country’s ex-service people who are in need of such assistance in 2014.

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