Social club members are threatening to boycott the Poppy Appeal after a Leeds branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) opted against getting involved in a forces fundraiser.
The dispute was sparked after the Morley branch of the RBL declined an invite to open an event in aid of the Help for Heroes (H4H) charity at Bruntcliffe Working Mens Club tonight, though the RBL insist there is no bad feeling.
Anne Griffiths, the club’s vice president, claims that due to the fallout club members are cancelling their RBL memberships and that the club will abandon the Poppy Appeal in favour of selling homemade brooches for H4H.
Injured Iraq war veteran Simon Brown, who is from Morley, will attend tonight’s fundraiser from 7pm, which will host performers before a charity auction.
Ms Griffiths, 61, told the YEP: “I assumed the RBL was for soldiers past and present but apparently not.
“There’s only so many Chelsea pensioners who they support and if they don’t want to support people from the Iraq war and present war, what are they doing?”
The club, which celebrated its centenary last year, has also threatened to end its donations to the charity over the row.
Fred Ashworth, chair of Morley RBL, said there was no ill feeling towards H4H and the reason the branch would not attend was because when the invite was brought up at a recent meeting “no-one was really interested” as some members didn’t like noisy events.
He said: “We have got no issues with H4H but we could never have a stand in a street where we had both charities on the same table, that wouldn’t go of course. They wouldn’t want that and we wouldn’t want that. The two charities are completely different.”
The RBL provides care and support to serving forces members, veterans and their families, while H4H helps those wounded in Britain’s recent conflicts.
Call 0113 2534127 for details of the fundraiser. Entry costs £5.