In 2012 we made The Legion our Corporate Charity. As well as making a donation based on the balances in our Poppy accounts, we've been raising money in other ways too. For example, in September 2014, we donated £5 for every mortgage application we received and 27 Coventry staff members completed The Legion's 'Pedal to Paris' event. For this cycle challenge, our team clocked up 460km and over £20,000 in sponsorship.
In 2014, 100 years since the start of the First World War, millions of us are wearing a poppy for Remembrance. This year, The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal is as vital as ever and for many Coventry members and colleagues, it's a cause close to our hearts.
So far we've donated over £10 million to the Legion. Below are some of people who have benefitted and how The Legion has helped them.
22 year-old Combat Engineer 'Chatts' was injured in Afghanistan in 2008. Despite being told he might never walk again, he worked hard on his recovery and returned to the front line in 2010.
His injuries proved too severe for service and currently he's waiting for more surgery on his spine. In 2012, he completed a rehabilitation course at the Legion-funded Battle Back Centre Opens new website in another window in the West Midlands. The Centre provides specially adapted sport and adventure training for injured and ill Armed Forces men and women, as part of their recovery.
"I can't pick one highlight from my Battle Back experience because there were so many. It gave me the massive confidence boost I needed."
With his new-found confidence, Lyndon has acted in a West End play, worked at the Legion's HQ and raced at the Olympic Stadium in London.
Albert and Evelyn Haslam
Albert served in the Royal Navy on the Arctic Convoy and supported the Legion for 8 years as a Poppy Appeal Organiser, raising £40,000. In 2012, he was diagnosed with dementia and his wife Evelyn was referred to the Legion's Admiral Nurse service.
Evelyn said, "It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I have someone to turn to as Albert is deteriorating - I don't feel alone. The advice and support our Admiral Nurse provided has helped me care for Albert at home, which I wanted to do".
Sapper Clive Smith, an engineer with the Army, was injured in an IED incident in Afghanistan in 2010.
In 2012, adapting to life as a double amputee, Clive spent a week at the Legion-funded Battle Back Centre Opens new website in another window doing activities including bowling, rock climbing and wheelchair basketball.
"The on-going support I've had from the Centre staff and others over the course of my recovery has been invaluable. The activities really encouraged me to focus on what I could do, as opposed to what I couldn't. This positive outlook has helped in all areas of my life.
It's humbling to know that the Centre has been created because of the public's generous support of the Legion."