A TV historian is planning on making a public appeal calling for people to help him to support veterans get back in to work.

Broadcaster Dan Snow MBE is urging members of the public to rally round Richmond's ex-Forces men and women - especially those living with health conditions, who want to put structure back into their lives.

Mr Snow will present the BBC Radio 4 Appeal on August 18 and August 22 in an attempt to help raise vital funds for Richmond-based veterans’ employment charity The Poppy Factory.

The appeal will feature Dale - a former soldier, who lost his leg when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Despite his physical injuries and mental scars, the personal support from The Poppy Factory, ensured that Dale was able to move into a new job that he thoroughly enjoys.

Mr Snow said: “Throughout my career I’ve been lucky enough to do a lot of work with veterans, including young men and women like Dale who have served their country in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Some of them are carrying life-changing mental and physical injuries and they can find it difficult to adjust to civilian life and relate to their friends, family and community.

“We’ve asked these young men and women to go into harm’s way on behalf of our society, and we owe them everything when they get back."

Since 2010, over 1,200 veterans have successfully moved back into meaningful work throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland after receiving support from The Poppy Factory’s award-winning 'Getting you back to work' service.

Mr Snow added: “It’s a great honour to be a part of The Poppy Factory’s campaign to support injured and sick veterans back into work and help them regain a sense of purpose. Nothing is more important. Please give whatever you can afford, and you will help a veteran take their first steps towards a successful civilian job.”

The BBC Radio 4 Appeal will be broadcast from 7.54am and 9.26pm on August 18 and from 3.27pm on August 22.

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All donations to the charity will be accepted from August 18.

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