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Former soldier Simon Cooper, is one of 50 veterans, carers, and staff from Help for Heroes, who will pay tribute to their fallen comrades by joining the Cenotaph march-past on Remembrance Sunday (12 November), in London.

Simon, 44, who is originally from Gosport, in Hampshire, completed 22 years’ service in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as a weapons engineer, WO1 Artificer Sergeant Major.

His various roles during that time included engineering support to armoured infantry units, procurement and trials of new weapon systems, and engineering investigator in the Defence Accident Investigation Branch. Operational deployments saw him in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

My accident was completely life changing for my whole family – my wife, Leanne, and children, Lee and Abbie – and the support we’ve all received from the Charity has not only shown us, but also allowed us to live, as normal a life as possible.” 

Simon Cooper


Simon, now in a wheelchair with his family stood around him
Simon with his wife and two children - Simon Cooper

A friendly voice on the end of a phone 

The Charity has supported Simon by helping to purchase a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, funding additional costs associated with care requirements, funding mindfulness and welfare breaks, and “just being a friendly voice on the end of a phone if we need to talk”. 

Simon's grandfather, father, and brother all served in the Royal Navy, and, on Remembrance Day, Simon will take the opportunity to pay tribute to them as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

He added: “I’m immensely proud to have the opportunity to participate in the Remembrance Parade. It’s a chance to remember and pay my respects to not only those that served before me, but those I served with and those who continue to serve.” 

Members of the Armed Forces stood at the Cenotaph in London
Members of the Armed Forces pause to remember - Help for Heroes

at the side of veterans and their families

A spokesman for Help for Heroes added: As we join the nation to commemorate the men and women who lost their lives while serving our country, Help for Heroes also remembers those still fighting their own battles today.  

We remain at the side of veterans and their families who are struggling with painful injuries, mental trauma, isolation, and more – providing life-changing support for as long as it takes.”  


Help for Heroes

Thanks to the generosity of the British public, the Charity has helped transform the lives of more than 30,000 veterans and family members. But there are thousands more who need the Charity right now, and many who will require its support for the rest of their lives.   

The Charity supports veterans, and their families, from any branch of the UK military – regulars or reserves – irrespective of length or place of service, and locally embedded civilians (and their families) who worked alongside our Armed Forces. 

With your support, we can be here for wounded veterans and their families, helping them to recover from wounds both visible and hidden.

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