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Gravesend's George fund-raising for the Legion

PUBLISHED: 10:12 05 May 2011

George Taylor, then aged 9, with a Poppy Man he used to help raise money for the Royal British Legion before reading a poem at the Rememberance Service in Trafalgar Square in 2009

George Taylor, then aged 9, with a Poppy Man he used to help raise money for the Royal British Legion before reading a poem at the Rememberance Service in Trafalgar Square in 2009

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»A young fundraiser who has campaigned tirelessly to raise money for the Royal British Legion is lining up two more events to help wounded active and former servicemen.

George Taylor, 11, of Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, has met the Queen, read a poem at the Trafalgar Square Remembrance Day Service and spoken with MPs at Westminster since taking up the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) cause three years ago.

Ambition

Now the Shear’s Green Primary School pupil is planning to raise funds through a disco and a sponsored 22.5-mile walk towards the charity’s state-of-the-art Battle Back Centre, rehabilitating those injured in combat.

He said: “It is very important and I want to help. I plan to continue to raise for the Royal British Legion and when I am old enough I want to join the Fleet Air Arm (the flying support division of the Royal Navy). There are generations of Navy personnel in the 
family.”

He explained he was first inspired to help the charity when he saw in the news a veteran had to sell his medals to support himself.

The disco, at Shears Green School, will take place on June 10, the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.

George, with his mum Cheryl and dad David, alongside a group of friends, will then walk from the Battle of Britain pub, just metres from their home, to RBL village, Aylesford near Maidstone on July 16.

“I have walked 10 kilometres before for a Royal British Legion event and I have been going on walks in Shorne Country Park to build muscles in my legs.”

To buy tickets for the disco visit Shears Green Infant School and ask at reception.

To sponsor George and his family’s walk go online to neverforget.tributefunds.com/battle-back-walk.

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