As I do at the beginning of November every year I buy a Poppy in respect of those service men and women who have fought for our country past and present. I wore it all day at work no problem at all, however the following day I was asked twice to remove it as it wasn't part of my uniform. I initially refused but felt pressurised, confused and very upset.
I tried to get in touch with Head Office as to their reasoning behind this policy, but received no response. I knew I had to make a stand on such an emotive issue so a few days later having still had no contact from Head Office I contacted the BBC who immediately wanted to interview me. It then really took off with local and national newspapers becoming involved and ITV Daybreak program inviting me to tell my story live on the program sat with Colonel Bob Stewart.
The support I received was outstanding and eventually after a half hearted response the company involved issued a retraction on their policy to allow all members of staff to wear a Poppy up to and including Remembrance Sunday itself.
On returning to my home town of Stratford - upon - Avon my local MP Mr Nadim Zahawi invited me to the Remembrance service where I met a gentleman from the Royal British Legion who inspired me to continue with this campaign so we never experience this situation again.