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Winchcombe family rallies together for Poppy Appeal

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 10, 2012

  • support: Amanda Clements-Hunt, who lost her husband Roger 11 years ago

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ELEVEN years after losing brave Roger Clements-Hunt, his family is rallying behind this year's Poppy Appeal.

Amanda Clements-Hunt, 40, from Winchcombe, lost her husband in 2001 in a car crash in Germany while he was serving in the army with Royal Corps of Signals.

And she said the Royal British Legion was there to help so many people through difficult times.

This is her first year as the poppy appeal organiser for the Winchcombe branch of the Royal British Legion.

She said it was a cause close to her heart.

"I understand and feel for the work the Legion does for families, because Roger was in the Army," she said.

"I can see how much the Legion has been able to raise money through the last few years in the newspapers.

"It's very important to look after the families of these soldiers."

Their daughter Bethan, 17, who attended Sir Thomas Rich's Grammar School in Longlevens, sells poppies at the school while 12-year-old Jacob collected donations with her at Winchcombe school.

Roger joined the Army in 1984 as a chef, when he was 16 years old. He was posted to the 14 Signals regiment, and then to Osnabruck, Germany.

The couple met when they were both studying in Winchcombe School, and got married in 1990.

Amanda said: "He really enjoyed cooking and he wanted to do a bit of travelling as well and see the world. Being a chef in the army was the perfect job. He was an excellent chef and he just been promoted to sergeant when we moved to Germany."

Amanda said she was refusing to let Roger's death drag the family down still, but instead found strength to help other families who were in need.

"It was a tragic time and one I wouldn't want anyone to be in," she said.

"I took the strength from losing him and made sure our children enjoyed their lives."

She said he was well-missed by many of his friends.

Amanda added: "He was my best friend and I loved him dearly. The children are his legacy, and they are fantastic."

OPINION, P8

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