A special collection before Saturday’s Windsor Park game

Posted : 25th September 2018 at 11:24:41

Before this Saturday’s home game against Ballymena United, Linfield FC urges our supporters to support a very special bucket collection in support of an exceptional young man and his fundraising efforts towards his Poppy 100 initiative.

Several years ago, Newtownabbey man Bryan Phillips’ life was transformed for ever, as a result of an IED while on active service in Afghanistan.

The spirit, strength, character, resilience and courage that Bryan has shown since that awful day has been nothing short of mircalous and inspirational and Linfield FC is proud to have him among our loyal and regular season ticket holders at our games.

Bryan has been involved in our annual Remembrance services in the past and hopefully, will be again.

His efforts for others through his Poppy 100 appeal are truly outstanding and this club was proud and privileged and flattered to be among the first to sponsor one of his Poppy wreaths to be laid at the club’s war memorial inside the club offices in the Railway Stand on Remembrance weekend.

Linfield F.C. publishes below a private message from Bryan below in which he calls for your support on Saturday and thanks you, if you supported him at a similar collection in Coleraine on Saturday past.

Please show your support for a remarkable young man who has given so much in the line of public service and duty.

All the support Bryan receives is well deserved and greatly appreciated and everyone at Linfield FC is proud of him and inspired by his selfless efforts for others.

AC

Message from Bryan Phillips

I would like to thank all the Linfield fans who travelled to the Coleraine showgrounds at the weekend and who generously donated towards the bucket collection that was being held in aid of Poppy 100.

The aim of Poppy 100 is to raise awareness and to remember those who fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice in this special centenary year of the end of WW1.

it is also to encourage the younger generation to get involved in some type of service, big or small and to tell them what our brave men and woman did for us to have the freedom we have today and hopefully, they will grow up and remember our fallen in years to come.

Whilst we are also raising funds for Poppy 100, the money we are receiving will go towards helping current armed forces veterans, whatever conflict they fought in, whether it be Aden, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan and so on - it will make a huge difference to someone’s life.

This Saturday Poppy 100 has been given permission by Linfield FC to hold a bucket collection at Windsor Park in aid of Poppy 100.

All we ask is that all those who are hoping to attend the game, please make a donation, no matter how big or small it is. Even bring your copper jar, as every penny really does make a difference. I myself have received a huge amount of support from the charity “Irish guards benevolent fund” who have helped me by funding private medical costs and certain mobility aids to help me get back up on my feet and become wheelchair free.

Last but not least, I’d also like to thank Linfield FC for the continued support that they have shown to myself and my family over the years.

And I’d like to thank the club for sponsoring a poppy 100 wreath, as that has also helped other clubs to get on board.

I’d also like to thank all the Linfield supporters clubs and individuals across the country who have sponsored a wreath and who have made donations towards Poppy 100. It is greatly appreciated.

Bryan Phillips
Poppy 100
Linfield season ticket holder

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