Poppy Picnic

Poppy Picnic

Who we help

All the money raised through Poppy Picnics will go towards the Legion's welfare work with Service men and women of all ages, and their families. These vital services help veterans from the Second World War who are now struggling to make ends meet and Service men and women from more recent conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.

Lisa Curtis and family

Lisa's husband Sam has been in the Army since 2003, and was deployed on his third tour of Afghanistan in September 2012. They have four children under 13. The family is currently living at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.

When we heard that Lisa and her family had never taken a holiday together we offered them a break at Byng House, one of our seaside break centres.

Byng House is a really friendly and welcoming place. The staff couldn't do enough for us. There were family barbecues, magic shows and discos for the children. We couldn't have asked for a better time. Thank you.
Lisa Curtis

Their week away provided all the family with some very special memories of time spent together. Sam even took photos of their break away with him on his tour of duty in Afghanistan. 

Barry O'Connell

Barry O'Connell32 year-old Barry served in the Royal Marines for 12 years as a Physical Training Instructor. He represented the Royal Marines boxing team on many occasions and received a highly recognised commendation for his services whilst on a recent tour in Afghanistan. 

He has physically trained some of the highest ranking officers in the British Army, and was responsible for preparing 45 Commando for their operation Herrick tour of Afghanistan, as part of Zulu Company and as a Section Commander in 2008.

Since leaving the Armed Forces in May 2011, Barry has been awarded £25,000 through our Be the Boss scheme to start up his own fitness studio in Hammersmith.

The scheme is amazing for guys like me – I've been given such a great opportunity to utilise the skills I took with me when I left the Royal Marines. I hope others leaving the Forces can benefit as I have.
Barry O'Connell
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