National Express, a new partner from 2013 have rolled out a package of to support the Armed Forces Community.
The centres, which offer serving and ex-Service personnel and their families the chance for a much needed holiday, support thousands of people every year and the partnership enables the Legion to cut down on their travel costs.
Paul Flood, Head of Breaks at the Legion said, "The fantastic offer of free travel to two of our breaks centres from National Express will make a big difference to the Legion, enabling us to reduce our travel costs for such an important area of our work. This will enable us to re-allocate funds to other break centre services that directly enhance the already award winning service our guests receive."
The UK's largest coach operator was also the first organisation to sign the Corporate Covenant, a voluntary pledge from businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their concrete support for the armed forces community. As part of this and their military support package National Express also offers guaranteed interviews to Service leavers, the UK's largest travel discount for serving personnel at 60 per cent off standard fares and extra annual leave for staff in the Reserve Forces.
Over the Remembrance period National Express adorned its fleet with the Legion's iconic poppy logo and created a special British Legion coach alongside 5 exclusive branded coaches operating all year round supporting the Legion’s ‘Live On’ campaign which recognises the memory of the fallen and the future of the living.
Tom Stables, Managing Director National Express UK Coach said: "The Royal British Legion's poppy logo is an incredibly powerful symbol that instantly evokes the enormous sacrifice made by the Armed Forces and their families both past and present. It's a real honour to carry the poppy on our coaches and we hope in doing so to play our part in promoting the Legion's work far and wide."
Customers' booking coach travel online have the opportunity to add £1 to their coach ticket, all of which will be donated straight to the Legion - visit www.nationalexpress.com.
In November 2015, National Express was recognised for its support of the Armed Forces by being receiving a Gold Award in the 2015 Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.