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ON Saturday, June 9, The Royal British Legion will be holding its firstever Poppy Walk in Cardiff.

The 10km family charity walk is the perfect way to discover the past and it is suitable for all ages and abilities.

This year, there will be six Poppy Walks happening across the country with an aim to raise over PS400,000 for the charity's work providing lifelong support for the Armed Forces community.

These vital funds will help people like Chantelle.

Chantelle married Ryan Wynn in 1998 and they became parents to two girls.

When Ryan returned from a six-month tour of Afghanistan in 2006 everything changed. Ryan was diagnosed with PTSD and the family struggled to find help and support for his condition.

On November 10, 2015, Ryan hit rock bottom and took his own life. Chantelle and their eldest daughter Rosie, who was 14 at the time, had to cope with the trauma of finding Ryan, while youngest daughter Daisy was left devastated by the loss of her Dad. Chantelle explained: "It was just something you never forget, it was a horrendous time. As well as dealing with our grief, the paperwork and the general aftermath of what had happened were a struggle to cope with and so one of my friends suggested I ring The Royal British Legion to see if they could help."

"At first I generally didn't think the Legion could help, I thought it was for veterans rather than families. However, Annette from the West Midlands team was amazing.

"It was just a relief to have someone turn round and say "yes we can help you".

"Annette provided advice on how to get the paperwork I required and also directed me to a solicitor for help with the inquest - that support with the little things really took a weight off my shoulders.

"However, the biggest thing was when she said we could go on holiday to Center Parcs and that the Legion would take care of everything."

Chantelle and the girls went to Nottinghamshire Center Parcs for their first family holiday without Ryan. The holiday, funded by the Legion, gave the family the chance to take a break, get away from the stresses and strains of home life and spend time together.

Two years on, Chantelle and the girls, now 17 and 13 years old, continue to make memories as a family and move forward while still keeping Ryan's memory alive.

Chantelle summarised what the Legion's support has meant for her: "After Ryan passed it seemed that we had nowhere to turn and support wasn't easy to access.

"However, the Legion came in and listened, supported and helped us come back together as a family." | You can find out more and sign up for Poppy Walk at www.rbl.org.uk/poppywalk.

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Chantelle Wynn with her daughters Rosie and Daisy and her late husband Ryan

Poppy walkers enjoying a fun day out while raising money for a good cause

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 4, 2018
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