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The Royal British Legion offers Forces families and veterans the chance to take abreak and get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. They are much- needed breaks for families who are unable to afford aholiday and those who haven’t been away for more than two years.

The charity has four seaside Poppy Break Centres throughout the UK in East Yorkshire, Merseyside, Weston- Super-Mare and Northern Ireland. Each award-winning centre hosts arange of activities including day trips to the beach or local attractions, quiz nights, karaoke and treasure hunts, so there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

Each package includes six nights of full board accommodation, free

Last year more than 5,000 people enjoyed aPoppy Break thanks to the Legion.

activities and entertainment, with some assistance towards the cost of travel to and from the Centres also included. Families can also enjoy holidays at camps such as Centre Parcs and Haven.

Rachel Bowler,45, aformer Corporal in the Military Police, enjoyed aholiday with her two children at Alderson House in East Yorkshire.

She had contacted the Legion for support after her marriage broke down several years ago and she was left with alarge amount of marital debt when her ex-husband unexpectedly left.

The Legion also provided financial help to Rachel and helped her to move into anew home. The Poppy Break was just what the family needed after avery difficult year and it allowed them to spend some quality time together.

Rachel said: “I can’t thank the Legion enough. Going on the holiday was such arelief after everything that had happened to us as afamily and it was really nice to spend time with other families also in the Armed Forces community.”

Melanie Reeves, 21, from Plymouth is currently on maternity leave from the Royal Air Force. She is going to Byng House in Southport this summer with

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her baby daughter Scarlett while her partner,Lee, is serving in Cyprus.

She said: “I heard about the Legion’s Poppy Breaks through afriend of mine and think they are afantastic idea. It’ll be great to take Scarlett away while Lee is serving abroad. It’ll be anice distraction for us and we are looking forward to meeting other likeminded people.”

Jacqui Ibbetson, Break Centre Manager at Somerset Legion House added: “Our centres provide much-needed holidays to guests ranging from just 10 weeks old up to 105 years of age.

“They enjoy outings, activities, crafts and entertainment during their break with us and our highly trained staff are able to adapt services to meet their needs and work hard to ensure that everyone has amemorable stay.

“Our Break Centres achieved Hospitality Assured Accreditation in 2011 and were recently awarded The Team of the Year in the prestigious Cost Sector Catering Awards.”

For more information about the Legion’s Poppy Breaks please visit or call 0808 802 8080.

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