‘Poppy Appeal has helped me to stay mobile’

Gladys Benton of Kirton who has MS , pictured with her mobility scooter paid for by the Legion to keep her mobile and independent.
Gladys Benton of Kirton who has MS , pictured with her mobility scooter paid for by the Legion to keep her mobile and independent.

A life-long supporter of the armed forces has spoken out about how help from the Poppy Appeal has transformed her way of life.

MS sufferer Gladys Benton, 89, from Kirton, was given a mobility scooter by the Royal British Legion (RBL) to help her stay independent and get out the house. She was also given an adjustable bed to help her sleep more comfortably.

She said: “I’m so grateful to have my wheels, to keep me independent, to keep me going shopping and going to church.

“The Legion has been absolutely wonderful to me.”

Mrs Benton has collected for the Poppy Appeal for many years, doing so until 1987 when her illness prevented her from carrying on.

She served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service from 1943-46 and was in charge of the camp cinema at Catterick Camp where she met her late husband Alf.

She has been a member of The RBL’s Kirton branch (women’s section) since the 1960s.

“The group helped to organise a sponsored walk in 1987 to raise funds to buy my first battery car,” Gladys said, adding: “Joan Hodgson, who was chairman at the time, deserves a gold medal for what she’s done. She told me all about the help I could get. She’s worked tirelessly for the branch since the 1980s and is still doing her bit at the age of 92. She’s a wonderful woman.”