British Legion elects new chairman

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW ROLE: Ray Jeffery, right, who has been elected chairman of the Darlington branch of the Royal British Legion NEW ROLE: Ray Jeffery, right, who has been elected chairman of the Darlington branch of the Royal British Legion

A FORMER soldier has been elected chairman of the Darlington branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL).

Ray Jeffery served for a combined total of 35 years in both the regular and Territorial Army.

He said he is ‘extremely honoured’ to have been entrusted with furthering the aims of the RBL.

Those aims are to provide practical, emotional and financial support to all member of the British Armed Forces, past and present, as well as their families.

The RBL is also the custodian of Remembrance and organises the annual Poppy Appeal.

This year, more than £50,000 was collected in Darlington.

Mr Jeffery has thanked everyone who contributed, as well as those who volunteered their time to help with collections.

Anyone who wants to help with the 2014 appeal can call Poppy co-ordinator Pat Stoddart, on 01325-257363.

The Darlington branch meets at 8pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month, except December, at the Cleveland Bridge Social Club, in Neasham Road.

Membership is open to men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not.

All that is required is an interest in the objectives of the RBL and a desire to help and support those who have served and their families. For more information, call branch secretary Tony Gerrard, on 07576-189-626, or attend the next meeting on January 22.

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