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PM hosts party to mark Royal British Legion’s 90th

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The Prime Minister has hosted a party for the Armed Forces to celebrate The Royal British Legion's 90th anniversary.

The party was also in support of the charity’s Battle Back Centre for the recovery of Service personnel.

The Prime Minister said:

This anniversary year is a time for us to remember just how much the Royal British Legion do to care for our Armed Forces and their families, from those who served in the first two world wars to those who are serving now in Afghanistan.

While their needs have changed over that time, the need for the British Legion has not - the care and support they provide is as vital now as it was in 1921 and I’m delighted to support their work.”  

David Cameron invited 160 guests to the ‘Downing Street Poppy Party’, including injured Service personnel, bereaved Armed Forces families and veterans of Afghanistan and previous conflicts.

The Poppy Party is part of the Legion’s Great Poppy Party Weekend.

People across the nation are holding Great Poppy Parties to celebrate the Legion’s 90th anniversary and help raise funds for The Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre, a national centre of excellence to rehabilitate injured Service personnel through adventurous training and adaptive sports. 

The Legion aims to raise £90 million in its 90th anniversary year, in particular to help fund our £50 million commitment to create, equip and operate the Battle Back Centre and fund the operating costs of the Personnel Recovery Centres for ten years.