LINDA KIFF has already checked her children’s piggybanks for old pound coins to swap for poppies.
Between now and Remembrance Sunday, 150,000 poppy sellers will gladly accept round £1 coins – which are no longer legal tender.
Linda and Mike have been posted in various different countries when Mike was in the Royal Signals Regiment[/caption]
Linda and her husband Mike, who served with the Army in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Falklands, are among the thousands of military families helped by the annual poppy appeal.
Mike, 37, was medically discharged after serving for 16 years when old injuries to his shoulder, left knee and right hip worsened.
The couple, who have two children aged eight and ten, were posted in Germany last year when Mike, a corporal in the Royal Corps of Signals, was forced to give up the way of life he had known for so long.
Linda, 33, says: “I could see it was the end of Mike’s world and couldn’t do anything to help.”
The family are one of many helped when old pound coins are donated[/caption]
The Royal British Legion helped Mike deal with his injuries and depression, supporting the family’s move back to Bournemouth too.
Seeing Mike suffer took its toll on Linda. To clear her mind, she started running.
That led to her losing four stone and feeling happier and healthier.
It inspired Mike and the couple decided to run the London Marathon earlier this year, raising £2,000 for the Legion.
Tim, Adam, John and Brian have created ‘selfie sculpters’ as part of their Bravo 22 project for their arts rehabilitation[/caption]
These recovering soldiers are part of the Royal British Legion funded Bravo 22, where they created their sculptures to help rehabilitation[/caption]
Linda, a shop worker, says: “We are so grateful to the Royal British Legion. They brought us back together.
“Everyone should hunt high and low for those old pounds because they really can help families like ours.”
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