Why The Poppies?
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Since our formation in 2007, The Rifles have seen almost continuous action in Iraq and Afghanistan. This commitment has come at a cost. In 5 years we have seen over 60 Riflemen Killed in Action, around 30 have lost limbs, 2 Riflemen who have been fully blinded and 2 are in neurological units and will remain there for the rest of their lives. Our very seriously injured are aged between 18 and 26 and have many years of active life ahead of them. We have approximately 300 other soldiers with serious injuries and the psychological problems that we are warned of have yet to manifest themselves. Our Battalions continue to deploy to Afghanistan and the need for our help from their regimental family will continue for many years to come.
Riflemen have volunteered to risk their lives and limbs on behalf of others; we need to do all we can to support them and show our appreciation for their courage and sacrifice.
Care for Casualties is an appeal that gives the severely wounded, their families and the families of our fallen Riflemen the support, the inspiration and the means to rebuild their lives and make the best of their futures.
In the words of one supporter, "It’s not just the soldiers who serve, it’s their families too and we owe it to them to look after them all."
Care for Casualties isn’t just about money, we also need offers of help in kind such as holidays, advice, jobs and training which can inspire self sufficiency and hope.
You can help our Riflemen by Donating Now or see How Can I Help? for ideas, and you will find resources for making gift aided donations, setting up standing orders and to help you fund-raise for us in the Resources section. Whatever you do, please stay in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please view the Events and News Pages to see what others are doing and how your actions are helping our casualties so positively.