Queen meets British Legion’s boy champion
PUBLISHED: 15:04 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:30 23 August 2010
A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy who campaigned for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans met the Queen at the opening of a new facility. George Taylor, of Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, is the Royal British Legion s official cub campaigner after writing to his MP, Adam Hollo
A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy who campaigned for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans met the Queen at the opening of a new facility.
George Taylor, of Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, is the Royal British Legion's official cub campaigner after writing to his MP, Adam Holloway to demand more help for war veterans.
On Friday the youngster met the Queen as she opened the organisations new headquarters Haig House, in Borough, south London.
During a tour with the Duke of Edinburgh she also met with wounded serving and ex-service personnel and their families.
The Shears Green primary school pupil said: "Meeting the Queen was a surprise. I had a phone call the night before and was asked if I could attend and present the Queen with a posy of flowers. Of course I was pleased to go. We had a chat for about 10 minutes talking about what I have been doing and I even made her laugh.
"I first became involved with the Royal British Legion after seeing a story on the news. War veterans were resulting to selling their medals to pay the cost of heating their homes. I did not like the look of that so I got in touch with my MP and asked him 'what can you do about this?'."
After contacting Gravesham MP, Adam Holloway he was invited to meet Veterans Minister Kevan Jones last year where he discussed rights for Gurkhas.
It was after this visit he was appointed to the cub campaigner for the Legion.
He added: "I met Kevan Jones and he was a bit shocked when I asked him what more the Gurkhas had to do to earn their right to British Citizenship.
"This is an incredibly important subject and now I am involved in the Legion I am committed to doing all I can. This is not the end of what we are doing.
"During the visit to Haig House I met a lot of young men who were injured in Iraq. Some of them need 24-hour care. It is important this is not just about WW11 veterans, there is Iraq and Afghanistan to consider too."
George's mother Cheryl Taylor, 35, said: "Most people think the Legion is just about WW11 veterans. Off course these are incredibly important but we must remember we face fresh challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan and these veterans need help too."
Legion director general Chris Simpkins revealed the organisation has seen a 30 per cent increase in requests for help from those under 35-years-old.
He said: "The Legion is not just about those who served in wars past but about campaigning and caring for current service personnel and their families."
The Legion was founded in 1921 and is famous for its annual poppy appeal which last year raised £30 million for the organisation's work.
It had been based in Pall Mall close to St James' Palace in central London since 1947 but moved to take advantage of more modern facilities