The Royal British Legion has opened a new pop-in centre in Birmingham. The shop in New Street, was officially launched by veterans themselves.
It is one of 16 new high street shops being opened across the UK as part of what leaders are calling their biggest transformation in 93 years. Lucy Kapasi reports:
The Royal British Legion has opened one of 16 'Pop In' advice and information centres on New Street in Birmingham.
The Royal British Legion is opening one of 16 'Pop In' advice and information centres in Birmingham today.
It follows the biggest transformation of the Legion in its 93 year history, with a complete change in how it delivers its frontline services.
They say the changes mean it will now be easier for the Armed Forces community to access support.
Weather permitting, the Great British Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a picnic, and now perhaps also to raise some money for charity too.
The Royal British Legion are hoping thousands of people will hold their own 'Poppy Picnic', to raise money for war veterans and their families. Inspired by the idea, eight-year-old Poppy Crosby from Derbyshire braved this weekend's weather to hold one of her own - with a very important person on her guest list. Chris Halpin reports.
Dozens of bikers from the Royal British Legion have passed through Derbyshire today as part of a 100-mile sponsored ride to commemorate the start of the First World War.
The group set out from Alfreton at 8am, passing through Matlock, Belper, Ripley, Heanor, and Derby, before stopping for lunch in Ashbourne.
The 50-strong group then headed to Buxton, and from there are due to pass through Castleton, Hope, Grindleford, Chesterfield, Clay Cross and Shirland.
It begins a series of events being staged by the Legion in honour of the centenary of Britain's entry into the Great War, on August 4, 1914.
A commemoration concert will be held by Hathersage branch tomorrow, and on July 13 a Drumhead Service will be held by Glossop branch.
The West Midlands Fire Service has confirmed a lorry has collided with the Royal British Legion Club in Wednesbury.
There is not yet confirmation of any injuries.
A lorry has reportedly crashed into the Royal British Legion Club in Wednesbury.
Emergency services are currently on the scene.
Brigadier Gerhard Wheeler, who is the army regional commander for the West Midlands, told ITV News Central what he believes the meaning of the poppy is.
He was in Birmingham today as members of the Royal British Legion were joined by the armed forces to launch this year’s Poppy Appeal.
Members of the Royal British Legion have joined military bands in Birmingham’s Victoria Square ahead of this year’s Poppy Appeal throughout the city for Birmingham’s first Poppy Day - part of the charity’s Poppy Appeal 2013.
Hundreds of volunteers have been accompanied by five military bands and will spend the day on commuter buses, collecting at the railway stations and Birmingham Airport, and going into the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to sell poppies and boost support.
The charity is hoping to raise £37 million this year with the appeal running until Monday 11 November. Every poppy sale helps to support the British Armed Forces past and present, and their families, by contributing towards ongoing practical care and support.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association is inviting the Halesowen community to join in a big Poppy Picnic today to support The Royal British Legion's work for the Armed Forces community.
People are being invited to bring along food and drink to the event in Long Lane, where they can enjoy an afternoon with stalls, exhibitions and demonstrations from the Sea and Air Cadets, Midlands Police and the local fire brigade.
There will be samosas, donated by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's Association, which will be available for a small contribution on the day, with all money raised going to the Legion.
Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Finch, will open the Poppy Picnic at noon and the event will finish at 4.30pm with a few words from local Legion fundraiser, Alison Bates.