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P&O FERRIES HANDS OVER CHEQUE FOR £1,783 TO ROYAL BRITISH LEGION VOLUNTEERS AFTER SUCCESSFUL POPPY APPEAL

15.12.2017

VOLUNTEERS and officials from the Royal British Legion visited P&O Ferries' Dover headquarters this week to take delivery of a cheque for £1,783.10 which was raised by the ferry and logistics company's employees and customers during last month's poppy appeal.

P&O Ferries' connection with the Armed Forces goes back to the foundation of P&O 180 years ago. The company lost 80 ships in World War One, another 182 in World War Two and had five vessels which served in the Falklands War. It has a longstanding connection with the Royal British Legion, which is one of its two official charities.

Kimberley Wood, Chartering and Marine Insurance Manager at P&O Ferries, said: "We are delighted to have been able to play our part in raising another £1,700 for a cause which is very close to the hearts of the people who work and travel with us."

"Our company has employed many ex-servicemen and women in a variety of on-board and shore-side roles over the years. Helping to reintegrate those who have served their country overseas back into civilian life is something which we promise to continue to do for many years to come."

The Royal British Legion is dedicated to providing lifelong support for the Armed Forces community, including serving men and women, veterans, and their families. It needs £1.7 million per week to deliver its current level of support.

Christine Walton, Poppy Appeal Organiser of the Royal British Legion's Dover branch, added: "We would like to thank the employees and customers of P&O Ferries for their generous support for our ex-servicemen and women this year. If you think that £45 pays for a former soldier to wear a suit for a job interview after he leaves the Armed Forces, you start to understand how the Royal British Legion will be able to use this money to make a real difference to the lives of the men and women who have served their country."

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry and logistics company, sailing 27,000 times a year on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium. It operates more than 20 vessels which carry 10 million passengers and 2.2 million freight units annually.


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