The Royal British Legion



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London SE1 1AA

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 The Royal British Legion

The Somerset Legion Hotel

The Poppy Seller

The House of Lords Debate

Scottish Poppy Appeal

A Large Poppy for Afghan Remembrance

The Tower of London Poppies


The Legion's Dementia Care

Poppy Lodge, is a specialist dementia care unit at the Royal British Legion's Galanos House, Warwickshire.

In addition, the Legion has units at Dunkirk Memorial House in Somerset, Halsey House in Norfolk, and Lister House in Yorkshire, and Maurice House in Kent.

The Legion also has a community dementia service through Admiral Nurses to support those living with dementia and has provided a grant to run a Memory Café in Plymouth run by the Alzheimer's Society.

Part of Halsey House is Danbury Lodge run by Laura Lodge thereby Danbury is known as "Laura's Lodge!"

Count them in’ campaign


The Royal British Legion and its sister charity, Poppy Scotland, will shortly be launching a campaign calling for additional questions to be included in the next census in 2021. These questions will seek to capture much needed data on the Armed Forces community - particularly Reservists and veterans - who are otherwise largely hidden from official statistics.


As you will be aware, unlike in the United States, the UK Government only really maintains records on Regulars and injured and pensionable veterans, whilst Reservists, ‘healthy’ working age veterans, and family members are generally missing from existing data collection methods. Sadly, even the data that we do have is rather patchy, providing no real indication as to the wellbeing and needs of this unique community. In contrast, we know a great deal about the UK’s Jedi community, as well as the numbers and location of our sheep and cattle.


In light of the above, the Legion and Poppy Scotland are set to launch a new public-facing campaign on 16 May 2016. The campaign, which is called Count Them In, essentially seeks to establish a comprehensive snapshot of our Armed Forces community. By including questions about membership of the military community in the next census in 2021, we hope to not only develop a greater understanding of the needs, location and profile of the Armed Forces community, but also directly compare this group to their peers in the general population. This information will help the sector – local authorities, charities, statutory bodies - to more accurately identify areas where Service life presents a disadvantage, which will in turn enable the Government and other statutory providers to better allocate resources and deliver on their Armed Forces Covenant commitments.


The Legion has already done some behind the scenes work on this campaign, including submitting consultation responses on the scope of the next census. Whilst the UK, Scottish and Northern Irish legislatures won’t be voting on the content of the next census until 2019, the bulk of the census preparation work will actually be conducted over the coming months. To ensure that questions regarding membership of the Armed Forces community are included in these plans, we would dearly like to demonstrate extensive support for additional data on serving personnel, veterans and their families. With this in mind, we will be approaching politicians at all levels of government, as well as other statutory providers, Service charities, and of course both military and civilian communities, to ask them to pledge their support.


We would be most grateful if your local authority would consider pledging your support for this campaign.


How you can support Count them in:


1.    Promote the dedicated campaign site (, which will go live on 16 May, via your local authority communication channels – twitter, facebook, website, newsletters.

2.    Pledge support - Your local authority will soon be sent a campaign pledge card, indicating that you believe there is a need for data on our Armed Forces community to be captured in the next census. Simply fill this in and return to the Legion and we will register your pledge on our campaign website. We are hoping that every local authority will sign up given they have all signed an Armed Forces Community Covenant agreement.

3.    Host a photo opportunity – the local authority Armed Forces Champion, Lead officer, Chief Executive or Leader could host a photo opportunity where members of the public, Councillors, staff, partner agencies all pledge their support. Please let us know if you would like to organise such an event.


We believe that more accurate local data on the size and needs of the Armed Forces community will help ensure the Armed Forces Covenant delivers for our Armed Forces community and for everyone. If you agree, please support this campaign.

The Legion would be happy to provide you with additional campaign material.


Thank you

Kind regards


Sandra Flaherty

(Temporary Area Administrator)

Direct:  0333 011 4313

The Royal British Legion

Victoria Buildings

1-7 Princess Street


M2 4DF


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