Injured war veteran’s poppy campaign pride

Aron Shelton's British Legion Thank You advert picture

Aron Shelton's British Legion Thank You advert picture

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An injured Bridlington war veteran is helping to front a national campaign highlighting the fantastic work done by the Royal British Legion.

Aron Shelton’s photograph has appeared in national newspapers with the caption: ‘You stood up for my rights. Thank you.’

The poster campaign is designed to say thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s Poppy Appeal and highlight exactly what the money raised is used for.

Formerly a Private in the 2nd Battalion West Mercian Regiment, Aron lost his leg when the vehicle he was travelling in hit a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Aron was helped by the Legion when they represented him in a tribunal which threatened to reduce his Disability Living Allowance.

Aron, who has been told he will most likely lose his other leg in the near future feared his allowance would be reduced after earnestly filling in a form to say ‘on a good day he could walk 400 metres.’

The appeal was successful and Aron’s allowance, which pays for his car, was returned.

Aron said: “I was approached after the tribunal and asked if I would like to help launch this year’s Poppy Appeal and take part in the Thank You campaign.

“The Legion has always been close to my heart and to say thank you was a great honour and privilege.”

Aron is one of three former servicemen featured on the posters who have all been helped by the legion in some way.

The other two other men featured in the poster series are Barry O’Connell, who through the Legion’s ‘Be the Boss’ scheme set up his own fitness studio in Hammersmith and John Mcdonald who was provided with training and accommodation by the legion.

Aron said: “For the photo they went all out. They used their professional photographer and we spent a whole morning getting the right picture.

“It’s marvellous that the national newspapers have included the adverts in their papers.

“I don’t think you can fault the press in the way they have helped this year’s appeal.”

To read more about Aron’s story visit poppy.org.uk