Hemel Hempstead soldier launches Poppy Appeal in Herts

Corporal Matthew Kemp thanked the Royal British Legion for the support it gave him after he was shot in Afghanistan by launching this year’s fundraising Poppy Appeal.

The 27-year-old Hemel Hempstead soldier from Unit 36 Engineer Regiment was the first to step aboard the new Poppy Express train yesterday.

Launch of the Poppy Appeal 2013 with  Corporal Matthew Kemp from Hemel Hempstead.

Launch of the Poppy Appeal 2013 with Corporal Matthew Kemp from Hemel Hempstead.

He had to take a year out of the forces back in 2010 after being shot in the ankle and was supported by the legion, which helps current and former servicemen and women.

Travellers going to King’s Cross, Cambridge and Peterborough will be able to ride the poppy adorned train, which was launched at Welwyn Garden City train station this week.

The train, commissioned by First Capital Connect, will act as a reminder that the legion is working every day to provide vital welfare care.

People are being urged to wear their poppy with pride to show support for the armed forces families, who are the focus of this year’s appeal.