Students and staff pay their respects

  • Date Published: Monday, 11 Nov 2013
  • Departments: Cross College,

Shrewsbury College staff and students – including those who have served in the armed forces - will mark Remembrance Day on 11 November by laying poppy wreaths and serving breakfast to raise money for Help for Heroes and The British Legion.

Hospitality and Catering student, 34-year-old Andy Middle from Shrewsbury, who served in the army for 11 years before he was seriously injured on duty, will be in the kitchens making the breakfast, before laying a wreath after the 11am two minute silence.

Andy joined the army in 1995 and served as a Combat Radio Operator in the Royal Signals. He developed close ties with both Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion, which both contributed to his recovery when he was seriously injured years later.

“I suffered serious head injuries and required emergency brain surgery. Help for Heroes and The British Legion raised money to supply resources to help myself, and many others in their recovery. Both charities continue their great work to help injured soldiers and their families at difficult times,’’ said Andy.

‘’Every penny the College raises on the morning, will go towards helping service personnel like myself recover and start their lives again.’’

Andy has held various jobs since leaving the army, but recently decided to gain a qualification in an industry he has always had a passion for. ‘’I chose to study at Shrewsbury College, because the course offered exactly what I wanted and the convenience of the London Road location was an added bonus.

‘’I am currently working towards my Level 2 Professional Chef Diploma, and I also coach the Rugby enrichment activity, alongside being a student rep. My hope is to work in the food industry when I finish my course here at College.’’

Andy wanted to take part in the College’s Remembrance morning to help give back to the charities that played a vital part in his life.

Rifleman Ben Taylor, ex-Carpentry student at Shrewsbury College will also be attending the event.

Ben, who has been awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal as a result of his ‘’immense courage and bravery’’ during his first tour in Afghanistan earlier this year, will lay a wreath in honour of armed forces personnel who have  fallen in service.

The College will be selling breakfast to staff and students from 9.30am in Origins Restaurant with money raised going to the two charities. The College Choir will sing, and the Music students who will play the bugle last post at 11am before the wreath is laid.

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