ORGANISERS of an open day this weekend are aiming to show the Royal British Legion is not all beer and poppies.
Bob Mortimer, the organisation's county chairman, said: "A lot of people seem to see us in terms of clubs and Remembrance Day collections.
"We're a lot more than that and we want them to see it."
The showcase is being staged at Golcar Royal British Legion Club on Saturday.
Entertainment for all the family is being promised, along with a chance to see the Legion's work.
Mr Mortimer said many people knew nothing of the financial, social and emotional support given by the cause.
More than £50m a year is spent on welfare assistance.
Seven care homes and three short-term break homes are run by the Legion.
It distributes hardship grants and helps with visits to war graves.
Other work includes offering advice on getting the right pensions and starting a business.
Visitors to Saturday's event will get the opportunity to learn about what the Legion does and see how they can be involved as members or volunteers.
The open day starts at 11am at the club in Scar Lane, Golcar, and continues into the evening.
Attractions will include the Savannah Jazz Band, now resident at the club after a quarter of a century at the Station Tavern in Huddersfield town centre.
A children's entertainer will perform during the afternoon and an artist goes on stage at 8pm.
Mr Mortimer said: "Although the needs of ex- service people have changed over the years, we are still there to safeguard their welfare, interests and memory.
"It's vitally important that everyone backs the charity because it continues to play such a vital role.
"We must remember it is not just veterans of World War II who are supported by the Legion, but veterans of all the recent and current conflicts as well."
* Founded in 1921 and now has 519,000 members.
* Apart from donations, funds come from legacies, sponsorship, corporate support, fundraising events.
* Some 13 million people in the UK are eligible to ask for its help – 5.5 million ex-service people and 7.5 million dependants.
* You don't have to be a Legion member to receive assistance – but you must be an ex-service person or a dependant.
* Answers 300,000 calls on helpline, Legionline.
* Spent £130,000 on welfare work in its South and West Yorkshire area in the nine months to the end of July.
* Help includes money towards TV licences and funerals.