Shoulder to Shoulder

The EADT has proudly launched the Shoulder to Shoulder campaign to help those who have served their country and now need our support.

We have joined forces with the Royal British Legion to raise money which will be used to help military veterans and serving personnel who are in need.

Our pledge is that every single penny raised by Shoulder to Shoulder will be used to help people in Suffolk and north Essex.

The campaign comes as we mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, and turn our attentions to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in our honour.

Kate Williams, the RBL’s area manager for East Anglia and Essex, explained how your donations can help former and active servicemen and women.

We receive many requests for assistance in Suffolk and north Essex every day. They range from Second World War veterans who need a new cooker or fridge to young service leavers who require adaptations to their home after injury on operations.

The most common items are based around mobility needs and helping people to remain independent, such as mobility scooters, care alarms and grab rails. Increasingly, we are seeing younger ex-servicemen and women in need of such items as level access showers, stairlifts and mobility vehicles."

• Last year, the RBL helped 1,000 people in Suffolk and north Essex
• They spent a total of £430,000
• The beneficiaries ranged in age from 22 to 90
• The RBL can help with mobility issues and access, ensuring veterans retain their independence
• They also support the families of the servicemen and women

How you can support the campaign

There are a number of ways you can help the EADT’s Royal British Legion Shoulder to Shoulder campaign.

Cheques should be made out to: Royal British Legion – Suffolk. Please send them to: Sandra Bromley, Royal British Legion County Secretary, Unit 2, Hill Farm Barns, Ashbocking Road, Henley, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 0SA. Please include a covering note mentioning the EADT’s Shoulder to Shoulder campaign.

If you wish to pay by BACS, the account name is Royal British Legion, Suffolk, Sort Code 20-16-12, account number 30201820. Please make reference to the EADT’sShoulder to Shoulder campaign.

If you would like a receipt, or acknowledgement, then please pay by cheque and enclose your contact details.

■ Do you need help?

If you are a former serviceman or servicewoman, and you are in need of help, the Royal British Legion has a new helpline, which is 0808 802 8080.