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Concert launches Poppy Appeal

A pop concert for armed forces families has launched this year's Poppy Appeal. Thousands of service personnel and their families wore their poppies during the concert at RAF Northolt in north London.

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Soldier injured in Afghanistan on Poppy Appeal posters

Lance Corporal Cassidy Little, 32, of 42 Commando Royal Marine, who lost his lower right limb in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in May 2011, will be at a concert to kick off the Poppy Appeal 2013.

He features on the Poppy Appeal posters as a beneficiary of the Royal British Legion which supports serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

Lance Corporal Cassidy Little, 32, of 42 Commando Royal Marine. Credit: Royal British Legion

He took part in a theatre project run jointly by the Legion and The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust to aid the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, playing the lead role in the Two Worlds of Charlie F, an original play created through the project.

He said: "The theatre project funded by The Royal British Legion was a turning point in my recovery. While the medical teams put my body back together, taking part in the play Two Worlds of Charlie F gave me back my self-esteem and confidence when it was at its lowest ebb.

"I've now started an acting career and I know the Legion will support me and my family, as it does with hundreds of service personnel every year in the transition from military to civilian life."

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