George has been volunteering since he was eight years old and says volunteering has changed his life.
Since he was eight-years-old, George has fundraised for the Royal British Legion. He’s met the Queen, regularly completes sponsored walks, sold poppies, organised raffles and dances and school discos to raise money and awareness, become the youth advisor for his local British Legion Branch and recently became Kent Area Officer for the VC Trust. He’s even lobbied Parliament and now gets his whole family involved in fundraising.
When you see something like an old veteran selling medals to pay his bills it makes you want to get up and do something.
People say volunteering is good but for me it is also fun. In the last year I’ve done so much, I have a real sense of achievement. I did a 40-mile sponsored walk for the Royal British Legion which was a joint effort with my family, which was nice. Getting to the end of that – there’s nothing else like it. We’ve also walked from Howe Barracks in Canterbury to Shorncliffe Barraks. I almost think of it as my duty to do it.
I loved meeting the Queen. It’s like speaking to your nan actually, she’s really cool and laid back. And she listens to everything you say. So that was a pinch myself moment and an honour.
Volunteering has changed my life. I like educating my peers and I meet so many inspiring people. I met one veteran called Ed, who was fantastic. He had been in Iraq but got hit by an RPG and had half his head blown away. He was in his twenties and in a wheelchair and had been through physio and counselling but he was so positive. I sat with him eating cream cakes and chatting.
Making a difference to the forces keeps me motivated. And I hope I am an inspiration to other young people. We’re not all bad. There are some bright sparks out there.
– George Taylor
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