FUNDRAISING NEWS: Legion takes share of sales of wartime Australian biscuits

The Royal British Legion is to benefit from sales of traditional antipodean 'Anzac' biscuits when they are introduced to the UK by an Australian company this month.

Following their success in Australia and New Zealand, the biscuits are now being launched in the UK by biscuit company Unibic, and 4 per cent from each packet sold will go to the legion.

The biscuits, which are named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, were originally baked at home during the First World War and sent to Anzac servicemen, or sold locally to raise funds for the war effort.

More recently the biscuits were sold to benefit the Returned Serviceman's League in Australia and New Zealand, and have raised more than £300,000 to date.

"We are delighted with Unibic's generosity to the Royal British Legion and to our Australian counterparts," said Russell Thompson, director of fundraising and marketing at the Royal British Legion.

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