Ceremonies held in north Antrim as part of veteran’s plan to lay wreaths at 100 War Memorials up to and including Remembrance Sunday

 

A disabled war veteran has called on people from across Northern Ireland to donate to a fundraising appeal that supports fellow veterans.

Carrickfergus resident, Bryan Phillips, hopes to raise in excess of £10,000 to be split between the Poppy Appeal and the Irish Guards Benevolent Fund, while marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Bryan joined the British Army in 2005, before going on tours in Iraq (2007) and Afghanistan (2010 and 2012). On his last tour of Afghanistan he stood on an improvised explosive device (IED) and lost both of his legs above the knee.

The east Antrim man plans to have laid 100 wreaths at 100 war memorials across Northern Ireland by Armistice Day as part of the ‘Poppy 100’ appeal.

Bryan said: “I came up with the idea for the Poppy 100 appeal because I wanted to do something different to commemorate the anniversary, while raising a huge amount for the charities.

“We have started laying the wreaths and will continue up to Sunday, November 11.

“Following Afghanistan, I went through a lengthy rehabilitation process at the Military Rehab Centre at Hedley Court.

“With determination and support from my family, friends, public and various charities, I was able to walk once again.

“I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones as there are comrades who were injured much more severely than myself.

“I make the most of every day and embrace it. It means the world to me that I can put myself in the position of helping others,

“I will continue to do this so long as it’s possible for me.”

Wreaths were laid on Saturday in Dervock, Bushmills, the VC Quigg Statue site and at Portrush.

For more information check out the Poppy 100 Facebook page, or to make a donation, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/poppy100

 

 

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