Poppy wearer smiling at camera

Poppy Appeal 2014 stories

We support and represent those serving, veterans and their dependents. The type of help they require is varied and at times critical.

Felix Agbotsu from Northallerton served in the Royal Artillery as a Gunner. In June 2004, at the age of 21, he was involved in a horrific car crash that left him paralysed from the neck down.

To help his recovery, he spent 18 months as a patient at the Legion’s Lister House. Since then we’ve continued to support Felix, paying for adaptions to his mobility vehicle that give him the freedom to leave the house again.

"I have received help from the Legion for almost 10 years now. I don’t know what I would’ve done without them."

Without your help, we couldn’t support people like Felix. So please make sure you wear your poppy with pride, knowing that you are helping the Armed Forces family to Live On.


Peter Dunning, 2014 Poppy AppealPete Dunning

Pete Dunning from Wallasey served with the Royal Marine Commandos. In May 2008, at the age of 22, he was hit by an IED explosion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, and lost both his legs.

We helped Pete during his rehabilitation, installing a wet room and making adaptions to his home to make day-to-day life easier. Pete is a proud supporter of the Legion as a volunteer for the Poppy Appeal and has collected thousands of pounds across his hometown.

"I didn't know The Royal British Legion helped people like me. The support that the Legion has offered me since my accident has been great. They are helping me to live my life as best I can."


Fred Culley

Fred Culley (deceased), 2014 Poppy Appeal

Fred served in the Grenadier Guards. He drove tanks through the battlefields of Hamburg in the Second World War. This was such a dangerous role that on one occasion he even came under attack from American soldiers who mistook his tank for a German Panzer.

After leaving the Army many years later, Fred was struggling financially, so his daughter contacted us for help. We were able to provide financial assistance, support and even helped him to paint and redecorate his home.

"Other people like me are often too proud to ask for help, so they don't know that support is out there."

Fred sadly passed away in September 2014 and will be remembered by his daughter, Christine, and two grandchildren. We are proud to have known Fred and contributed in some small way to help him through a challenging time in his life.


Emma Hickman

Emma Hickson, 2014 Poppy Appeal

Emma had recently become engaged to Private Daniel Wade when he was killed by an IED in Afghanistan in March 2012. Emma was six months pregnant with their daughter Lexie Mai, now two.

The Legion helped Emma with her compensation appeal and supported her through the painful inquest process.

"I can’t thank the Legion enough for the help they’ve given to Lexie and myself. They’ve been like a good friend, offering professional help, support and assistance throughout a very turbulent, upsetting and stressful time of my life."

Without your help, we couldn’t support people like Emma. So please make sure you wear your poppy with pride, knowing that you are helping the Armed Forces family to Live On.

Lisa McKinlay

When Lisa’s husband Lance Corporal Jon McKinlay was shot dead while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2011, the couple had been married for just 10 months.

"I miss Jon terribly. The Legion helps the whole Armed Forces community and it’s good to know that I can call on them for help if I ever need it in the future."

It will always be our duty to stand alongside those who are bereaved like Lisa, helping them find a fitting way for the memory of their loved one to LIVE ON.


Mike Jarvis

Mike Jarvice, 2014 Poppy AppealMike, from Devon, served for many years with the Royal Navy. After discharging he found himself struggling to adapt to civilian life, and without a home he was forced to sleep rough.

We were able to support Mike, securing him accommodation, helping with rent, deposit and providing the furniture to turn his small apartment into a home. We helped Mike begin training to start a new career and a new life.

Three years on, Mike is still living in the flat the Legion secured and is an active volunteer for our Advice and Information Centre in Plymouth.

Without your help, we couldn’t support people like Mike. So please make sure you wear your poppy with pride, knowing that you are helping the Armed Forces family to Live On.