Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal collectors in a market

Who we are

The Royal British Legion is at the heart of a national network that supports our Armed Forces community.

We're here through thick and thin – ensuring their unique contribution is never forgotten. We've been here since 1921 and we'll be here as long as they need us. 

We are the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, with 180,000 members, 110,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities; helping us give support wherever and whenever it’s needed.

Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre

"Battle Back was my light at the end of the tunnel."

After contracting Q Fever in Afghanistan, Ted couldn’t even find the motivation to get out of bed to brush his teeth in the morning – but attending our Battle Back Centre changed everything.
Read Ted's story

We provide lifelong support to serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.

Our support starts after one day of service and continues through life, long after service is over.

From providing expert advice and guidance, to recovery and rehabilitation, through to transitioning to civilian life – we can be by their side every step of the way. And it’s not just members of the Armed Forces but their families too.

If there is ever a reason we can't help, our vast network will mean that we know someone who can. 

Reggie and Betty

“Thanks to the Royal British Legion, I've found my confidence again.”

World War II veteran, Reggie, was housebound for eight months after a fall. After we installed a new step and handrail, he's back doing what he loves.
Read Reggie's story

RBL works with politicians and officials at all levels to represent the interests of the Armed Forces community.

Through our research and campaigning, we challenge myths about serving and ex-serving personnel.

Our manifestos outline key actions we think the government should take to improve the health, finances and wellbeing of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

Members of the Armed Forces community celebrating

We give our Armed Forces community a voice

We champion interests of serving and ex-serving personnel and campaign on key issues to help improve their lives and make their voices heard. We often call on members of the public to add their support, helping us make a real impact.
Latest campaigns

Every year we lead the nation in commemorating and honouring those who have served and sacrificed.

We remember those who lost their lives on active service in all conflicts; from the beginning of the First World War right up to the present day, as well as all those who have served and their families. 

Every year in November, we distribute our paper poppies to raise vital funds to help today's Armed Forces community. And it wouldn’t be possible without our incredible supporters.

Whether you’re a volunteer, member or proud Poppy Appeal collector – or however you choose to support us – we couldn’t do it without you.

Poppy Appeal volunteers selling the Legion's paper poppies at Covent Garden Market

Our red poppy is a national symbol of Remembrance and hope.

Wearing a poppy is a way of showing appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces, veterans and their families, both past and present.
The story of the poppy

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Our team are just a phone call away

Call us on 0808 802 8080. Lines are open from 8am-8pm every day.
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