Help us support wounded, injured and sick veterans back into work with Dan Snow MBE
Dale lost his leg serving in Afghanistan
His vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb while his team was out on patrol, causing life-changing injuries to all on board.
Dale broke his spine in three places and lost his leg when it was caught in the gun turret.
Beyond his physical injuries, the trauma of the incident haunted him for years and he struggled to relate to those around him, particularly close friends and family.
Dale was in rehabilitation for two and a half years before being discharged from the Welsh Guards.
During this time Dale learned to walk again with a prosthetic leg but needed close personal support to help build his confidence up and get back into work. And that’s where we came in.
Our employment specialist met with Dale to help him identify his skills and strengths and find the right job for him.
We helped Dale turn his life around
Dale always loved cars so we helped him to complete a driving course for Heavy Goods Vehicles and introduced him to his employer, a transport firm near his home in South Wales.
Dale is once again a happy and active husband and father, with flexible working arrangements that fit with his family life. It’s a life-changing transformation.
Watch Dale’s full story and find out how his life has changed since meeting The Poppy Factory.
Dale said: “The job has had a good impact on me. I’m happy, my family, my wife, they can see the difference in me. Everyone is just so chuffed and my mood has changed. My kids, they mean everything to me and it’s nice for them to see a happy dad, not a grumpy dad sat in a room.”
There are many more wounded, sick or injured veterans like Dale who need your support today. Your donation will help them take the first steps towards a job they love. And once they are in employment, The Poppy Factory will stay in touch with them to ensure that they are still doing well.
Our appeal presenter: Dan Snow MBE
Dan Snow is a historian, broadcaster and presenter. He has a passion for helping veterans to reach their potential in the years after service and we are honoured to have his support for our BBC Radio 4 Appeal.
Dan Snow said: “Work often gives our lives meaning and purpose – none more so than in the Armed Forces, where self-sacrifice and service to our country go hand in hand.
“For the injured and sick veterans who leave the Services and struggle to adapt to civilian life, the loss of purpose can be overwhelming. We need to support them when they get back, and if you’re looking for a charity that does that, The Poppy Factory is the best in the business.”