The Crookham branch of the Royal British Legion has received an award for ‘being the most efficient branch’ in the Northumbria region last year.
Retiring Northumbrian British Legion member, Eddie Atkinson, presented the organisation with two memorial shields, to be given to an individual and to a group.
At the Northumbria annual conference, held in Gateshead earlier this month, the new shields were presented for the first time.
David Bell, chairman of the Royal British Legion in Northumbria, was present when the first shield was awarded to an individual from Catterick who had collected £30,000 for the Poppy Appeal.
The group shield was then presented by the Mayor of Gateshead and collected by Tom Turnbull, president of the Crookham and District Branch, in recognition of the branch’s efficiency.
“We are absolutely delighted to have received this award,” said Mr Turnbull.
“We worked hard last year to support with the reorganisation of the Berwick branch and are very pleased to have been recognised for this as well as the way we run the branch in general.”
The Crookham branch was crucial to the re-establishment of a Berwick branch last spring.
The Berwick branch operated as asub branch of Crookham for two years, receiving support and emcouragement to reform in its own right when it became clear that there was a big enough membership to support it.
The British Legion is best known for the Poppy Appeal, through which it raises significant funds to support ex-servicemen and their families in times of hardship.
Regional officers work all year round to assess applications and allocate funds to those in need.
Grants are available for a range of uses from disability equipment and financial assistance to homelessness.
The Royal British Legion has a number of events organised this year at national, regional and local level to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
○ The Crookham branch meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in Crookham Village Hall.