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Royal British Legion

Status of The Women’s Section in the Royal British Legion

The Women’s Section exists within the wider Royal British Legion alongside other RBL formations, in accordance with Article 7 of the Royal Charter. Membership of the Women’s Section is currently separate to the rest of the Royal British Legion, but will be completely in line with the rest of the organisation for October 2019. The membership is looked after by the Membership Support Officer, processing all applications and renewals. The Women’s Section has a separate Benevolent Fund and separate welfare schemes. One of the most important aims is to promote the welfare of widows, Service and ex-Service personnel and their dependants. The Women’s Section welfare schemes are looked after by the Royal British Legion Central Grants Team.

The Poppy Appeal

The Poppy Appeal is part of the fundraising division of The Royal British Legion. It raises almost half of the money needed by the Legion’s benevolent fund and takes place in late October and early November.

For many years Legion members and particularly the Women’s Section, have played a vital role in the Poppy Appeal. To these people the appeal is not just a fortnight in the Winter; fundraising is a year-long activity. There are many ways in which this has been achieved: holding events, organising home collections, arranging static collections and, particularly, observing the convention of the “Closed Period”. This Closed Period is the month that runs from 14th October until 14th November each year when the proceeds of all fundraising events held by counties, branches and clubs within the Women’s Section are diverted to The Poppy Appeal rather than The Women’s Section Benevolent Fund.