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Former Wirral marine to help Tranmere Rovers launch Poppy Appeal fundraiser
A WIRRAL marine injured on duty in Afghanistan will attend the launch of Tranmere Rovers' fundraising campaign for this year's Poppy Appeal later this week.
Lance Corporal Pete Dunning from Wallasey was on tour with the Royal Marines when he was injured by an explosion in May 2008 and lost both his legs. After months of painful rehabilitation he was fitted with prosthetic legs.
He will visit Prenton Park on Thursday - along with his wife Laura and their two children Ava and baby Noah - to help Ronnie Moore's squad launch their seventh fundraising drive for the Royal British Legion.
The team will wear a special one-off shirt with a poppy printed on the front during their home game against MK Dons a week on Saturday, October 26. It will be used to raise funds for the campaign.
The club's chief executive Mick Horton said: "We have worked with the Royal British Legion for many years and have been really pleased with the amount of money our supporters have kindly donated to their important appeal.
"Our players are very proud to be able to wear the poppy on their shirts and delighted to be able to help with the fundraising for such a worthwhile cause.
"We appreciate the fantastic efforts of current and former servicemen and women and are more than pleased to be able to offer them reduced admission to the MK Dons game and hope to welcome them back to Prenton Park in the future."
Admission for the game for servicemen and women and ex-servicemen and women has been reduced to just £5 (tickets must be purchased in advance).
Admission for Seniors has also been cut to £5 and is cash on the turnstiles for all stands except the Main Stand and Family Paddock.
Current servicemen and women should present their ID cards at the Club Shop or Ticket Office to claim their discounted ticket.
Ex-servicemen and women should present their discharge papers for their discounted ticket. There will also be poppy appeal collection at the match.
Following the match, the shirts will be auctioned with proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.
Further details on how to bid for one of the special shirts will appear on www.tranmererovers.co.uk
Julie Dove, the legion's fundraiser in Cheshire said: "Once again we are delighted to have the support of Tranmere Rovers FC with whom the Legion has a strong relationship.
"The Tranmere supporters are always very generous to our Appeal and we look to them again to support us so that we can continue to help and support our Armed Forces Community."
Lnce Cpl Dunning was serving with the Royal Marines Armoured Support Company on OP HERRICK 8, supporting 2 Para.
On May 25, 2008 he had just finished his last mission and was returning to Camp Bastion.
As he was about to cross the Helmand River the armoured vehicle he was travelling in struck an IED.
The driver died instantly and Pete lost both of his legs, fractured his spine and received burns to his arms and legs, among other injuries.
Both Pete and Laura and even their small daughter Ava are ambassadors for The Royal British Legion.
Pete has had help and support from The Royal British Legion since he was injured. His wife Laura and Ava launched the Wirral Poppy Appeal last year on the Mersey ferry.
On being asked to launch the appeal Laura told the Globe at the time: "I am very honoured.
"I'm, obviously, very fortunate, that my husband is still quite able to do things, but we always will need help and we know that the Legion will be there for us.
"The forces are probably in everyone's mind an awful lot more. Going back, people thought of the Legion as World War Two veterans, but there is a of younger generation and we need to be supporting them for life.
"He suffered numerous injuries and it's obviously his legs that are an issue and we currently facing further amputation, potentiallly of the right leg, which will then pose its own new set of problems and, essentially, he will need to learn to walk again.
"It's a daunting concept, especially when you've got a small child in the house. You just think you've mastered the art of one thing you're going to go back to basics again."
The Royal British Legion provides help and support for our Armed Forces past and present, and their families for as long as help is needed.
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