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Poppy Appeal

Stories behind the Poppy Appeal

The 2013 Poppy Appeal posters feature representatives of the range of beneficiaries the Legion supports - serving, ex-Service and dependants. Read their stories below.

Lance Corporal Cassidy Little

Royal Marine Cassidy Little30-year old Royal Marine Cassidy was seriously injured by an IED while serving in Afghanistan in May 2011, losing his lower right limb in the incident.

Cassidy participated in the Bravo 22 Company theatre project run jointly by the Legion and The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust. Cassidy played the lead role in the 'Two Worlds of Charlie F', an original play created through the project. It was shown on the West End stage and a subsequent UK tour to wide acclaim.

During his time at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), Headley Court, Cassidy benefited from a cinema and entertainment centre built by MediCinema and funded by The Royal British Legion. Cassidy features in the Poppy Appeal 2013 poster campaign.

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Kaitlin BrandonKaitin's Dad, L/Cpl Richard Brandon of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), was killed in an IED blast in Afghanistan in September 2009.

In the months following Richard's death, the Legion provided support and financial advice Kaitlin's mum Emma. She said the help she received was invaluable.

My mind was all over the place after losing Richard and the Legion helped me to cover all the bases. I have been given a lot of guidance through the Legion's services and it has helped me access the support I am entitled to.

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Bill Speakman

BillspeakmanBill is a father of seven from Altrincham, Manchester. He served for 25 years for different regiments from 1945 to 1970. In 1951 he was awarded a Victoria Cross (the first VC invested by the Queen) for protecting his comrades in battle in the Korean War.

He now lives in sheltered accommodation and the Legion has helped almonise money from his regiments to pay for a mobility scooter (and accompanying canopy).

The Legion has also paid for Bill to go on a Poppy Break to one of its break centres and most recently we helped re-home Bill in Devon as this will ease his osteoarthritis.

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