“My husband, Stewart, served for seven years in the Royal and Electrical Mechanical Engineers and we were lucky that he found work as soon as he came home. We have a very special little girl called ‘Maisie’. Maisie has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and requires constant care, but thanks to a grant from Poppyscotland we have been able to create a purpose-built bathroom and bedroom for Maisie which gives us all of the facilities that she needs. Poppyscotland never judged us and we are so grateful for their support.”
“I was a Corporal with the 22nd Cheshire Regiment for 14 years but it was after my time in the military that life took a dramatic turn. After collapsing and being taken to hospital, I was diagnosed with a very rare and serious vascular condition which left me unable to walk and in a lot of pain. I was forced to give up work, but Poppyscotland provided me with an electric-powered vehicle to get around in. It has given me back my independence and I owe Poppyscotland my thanks.”
“After my time in the military, including serving in the Falklands, I came home and got a job immediately. But even though I was working, I was suddenly made homeless and I spent several months sleeping on park benches and under a bridge. It took me a long time to get back on my feet, but now I love my job at Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory and I just want to get on with life and never go back to the dark days.”
“After seven years in the Scots Guards, I came home feeling that I’d let my friends and family down. I cut myself off from society and my behaviour was becoming increasingly erratic. At my worst, I felt I had nowhere to turn, but Poppyscotland helped me get back on track. They paid for my family to go on holiday down south. With me suffering from PTSD and depression, I’ve found boxing to be a great way of helping that, and Poppyscotland has provided funding for me to pay for training and equipment.”
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