Poppy man visits Wimbish

PUBLISHED: 17:37 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 31 May 2010

Today 10 soldiers from 33  Royal Engineer Regiment met the poppy man for the first time.  Poppy man travels around the UK with members of the British Royal Legion to raise money and awareness for serving troops, ex members members of the British Forces and there families.33 RE is situated in Carver Barracks in Wimbush, Cambridgeshire.  33 RE are an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) unit and while on tour risk there lives most days making areas safe for soldiers out on the ground. As if to emphasize the dangers of there job the flags were half mast due to an EOD Operator losing his life in Afghanistan the day before.

Sergeant (Sgt)  Neil Phillips is a Bomb Disposal Officer in the Royal Engineers (RE), He is in 33 RE Regiment in 21 Field Squadron.  Originally from Gravesend in Kent Neil 40 married his childhood sweetheart Barbara and has had two boys Conor 9 and Nathan 5.  Sgt Phillips joined the army in 1987 after leaving St Georges C of E School in Kent, so far he has served in Bosnia in 1994 on Grapple 1, Northern Ireland in 1995, Kuwait on Op Granby in 1991, Sierra Leone in 2000 and Afghanistan in 2007.  Sgt Phillips followed in the foot steps of his father who was also a Bomb Disposal Officer in the RE, his father was a Falklands war Hero who unfortunately was injured when he was on the HMS Antelope.  Sgt Phillips thinks the poppy man will raise awareness for a very worthy cause

Today 10 soldiers from 33 Royal Engineer Regiment met the poppy man for the first time. Poppy man travels around the UK with members of the British Royal Legion to raise money and awareness for serving troops, ex members members of the British Forces and there families.33 RE is situated in Carver Barracks in Wimbush, Cambridgeshire. 33 RE are an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) unit and while on tour risk there lives most days making areas safe for soldiers out on the ground. As if to emphasize the dangers of there job the flags were half mast due to an EOD Operator losing his life in Afghanistan the day before. Sergeant (Sgt) Neil Phillips is a Bomb Disposal Officer in the Royal Engineers (RE), He is in 33 RE Regiment in 21 Field Squadron. Originally from Gravesend in Kent Neil 40 married his childhood sweetheart Barbara and has had two boys Conor 9 and Nathan 5. Sgt Phillips joined the army in 1987 after leaving St Georges C of E School in Kent, so far he has served in Bosnia in 1994 on Grapple 1, Northern Ireland in 1995, Kuwait on Op Granby in 1991, Sierra Leone in 2000 and Afghanistan in 2007. Sgt Phillips followed in the foot steps of his father who was also a Bomb Disposal Officer in the RE, his father was a Falklands war Hero who unfortunately was injured when he was on the HMS Antelope. Sgt Phillips thinks the poppy man will raise awareness for a very worthy cause

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POPPY Man – the Royal British Legion s symbol of support for the British Armed Forces and their families – visited the Carver Barracks in Wimbish. Soldiers from 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) helped to launch this year s Poppy Appeal b

POPPY Man - the Royal British Legion's symbol of support for the British Armed Forces and their families - visited the Carver Barracks in Wimbish.

Soldiers from 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) helped to launch this year's Poppy Appeal by posing with the life-size figure constructed from scores of poppies.

Sgt Neil Phillips, who took part in the photo shoot, said: "We were pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile cause. The Royal British Legion provides financial, emotional and social support to ex-servicemen and serving personnel. They do a great job which is greatly appreciated."

The picture will be one of many appearing around the UK on billboards, Nationwide ATM machines and underground and over-ground stations in London to promote this year's campaign.

The Poppy Appeal takes place in the two-week period running up to Remembrance Sunday on November 9 and Armistice Day on November 11 when the nation pauses for a two-minute silence to remember those who have died during service for their country.

Royal British Legion manager for Essex Lynnette Francis said: "We hope to exceed last year's record sum of £975,958 raised in the county. By wearing a Poppy the general public can show their support and let serving soldiers know that we are thinking of them.

"It's great to see a local Regiment involved in our campaign. They do a great job and it's great to work together to help promote the Poppy Appeal in the local community.


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