Nick Thomas-Symonds, MP for Torfaen, recently met with The Royal British Legion’s Wales Area Manager, Antony Metcalfe, military veteran Chris Headon and representatives of the charity at an event in Parliament to discuss support for the Armed Forces community in Wales.

The Legion is the nation’s biggest Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. From October 2017 to September 2018 the Legion in Wales; the Legion provided over £460,000 in grants to support members of the Armed Forces community and engaged with 9,100 people directly via its high street Pop in centres and community outreach. The Legion’s own handy van service also completed 2,247 jobs across Wales, helping people in their own homes to live independently and with the support they require.

In addition to this welfare work the Legion Champions Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces and is well known for the annual Poppy Appeal, and its emblem the red poppy.

Mr. Thomas-Symonds has previously supported the work of the The Royal British Legion by competing in their annual Poppy Ride, in which he raced against serving members of the Armed Forces on a static bicycle to raise money for the Annual Poppy Appeal.

Antony Metcalfe the Legion’s area manager for Wales, said

“I was delighted to see Nick and we were grateful that he took the time to drop in. The Royal British Legion offers a range of welfare support all year round, to the whole Armed Forces community past and present. This event offered a great opportunity for us to spread the word about the range of services that we provide in Wales and for Nick to hear first-hand from a number for people who we’ve helped how we have supported them since they left the Forces. I look forward to working with Nick in the future to ensure the needs of our Armed Forces community are reflected in policies at all levels in Wales and the UK”.

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP stated,

The work that the Royal British Legion do is vital to supporting our Armed Forces in the communities. It was a pleasure to meet with Antony and Chris, and to see all the work that is being done by the Legion in Wales.”

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