Successful year raises thousands for Royal British Legion

Thousands of pounds has been raised to continue the work supporting veterans and their families.

Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 8:00 am
Nicola Dale, of the Whitley Bay, North Shields & District Branch, takes part in her skydive.

Members of the Whitley Bay, North Shields & District Branch of the Royal British Legion have reflected on a successful 12 months which saw them raise £87,000.

Michael Dale MBE, branch chairman, said: “The past 12 months have been very busy for members of our branch but hugely rewarding.

“We have achieved a lot and plan to continue supporting the local service community through our activities over the next year.”

Rockcliff Rugby Club hold a Remembrance game in aid of the Royal British Legion.

The money was raised through supermarket collections, the annual Poppy Appeal, D-Day commemorations and more.

Other activities saw Nicola Dale, branch membership secretary, complete a parachute jump, which raised more than £1,000.

She said: “Doing the parachute jump was a huge personal challenge but also fantastic opportunity to raise some money for the Poppy Appeal in a way that was different.”

Rockcliff Rugby Club also get involved in a number of activities, incuding a breakfast club on the last Saturday of the month plus launched a special Poppy challenge match with the club’s senior team playing on the Saturday closest to Remembrance Sunday for a special sword.

Jim Davey, branch treasurer, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us this past year. The branch is still very much active and we plan to continue our work well into the future.”

Les Gilchrist, branch vice chairman, said: “We have a number of events and activities planned for 2020 including trips out and events closer to home for our members.

“Our breakfast club will continue to run and may even see a second one opening in North Shields.”

One of the activities the branch is planning will be based around the VE Day commemorations and are appealing for help.

Mrs Dale said: “We are really keen to hear the stories of those who were in a uniform of any kind on VE Day.

“We would like to make contact with not only those who were in one of our armed forces on VE day but also those who were working on the home front such as air raid wardens, land girls, WVS staff, Bevan boys and so on.

“If anyone has a relative who could speak to us or if they were involved themselves they can contact us on [email protected] or via our Facebook page.”

For more information about the Whitley Bay, North Shields & District Branch visit their website at www.whitleybaylegion.org.uk or they can be found on Facebook and Twitter.