Legion praises Manx support

Royal British Legion north area manager Marcus Hawthorn

Royal British Legion north area manager Marcus Hawthorn

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The Royal British Legion is increasing its efforts to reach out to the island’s Armed Forces veterans who are unaware of the services it provides.

That’s according to Marcus Hawthorn, who was recently appointed north area manager for the charity.

There are 700 members in the island, but it is estimated there is almost twice that number in terms of former Armed Services veterans and their families.

This year is a significant year for the charity, as it marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

‘The Isle of Man has a proud history and association with the Armed Forces,’ he said.

‘Hopefully that will become a focus for remembrance, further fundraising, and more importantly, raising awareness in the veteran community of what the Legion does.’

Describing his role as area manager, he said: ‘I’m here on behalf of the Royal British Legion to support the district in continuing its good work.

He praised the ‘extraordinary fundraising effort’ achieved in the island last year.

More than £98,000 has been raised in the Isle of Man Poppy Appeal, with money still being collected.

Mr Hawthorn, who served in the Army for 30 years, rising to the rank of Colonel, is keen to increase the number of visits the area team make to the island.

For advice and support call 0808 80 28080 or go to www.britishlegion.org.uk

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