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Style for Soldiers


...This is a world where people give their time, work and dedication to help, rather than pay lip service. 

Emma started Style for Soldiers in 2009, visiting the Military Rehabilitation Hospital with Telegraph Fashion director Lisa Armstrong to measure the young injured servicemen for a bespoke shirt and ebony walking stick engraved with their regiment and initials where needed. The charity now also provides suits, shoes, hats and other smart apparel for injured servicemen to help with confidence and morale especially for interviews, and receives donations from Huntsman, Marks and Spencer, James Lock Hats, Russell and Bromley,  Alice Made This and The London Sock Company, and I feel it's time for Pickett to put our head above the parapet. 

Emma suggested I met with Matt Weston to choose the Pickett product, but we sadly don't have wheelchair access, so I did "carriage trade" which I don't think I've done for thirty years. Matt and I had lunch and I found him very jolly, fun and mischievous with a bright twinkle in his eye. He lost an arm and both legs and is so brave yet his disposition is positive. We have seen a bit of each other and I really enjoy our meetings, and would describe Matt with my highest compliment, a seriously "Nice Bloke”.  Both words used separately are hideous, but together I think they sum up a man who is very special. 

Matt chose a webbing belt like the one I wear. It is the perfect choice and with extra support from our belt supplier we will be begin by giving 50 belts to injured servicemen celebrating at the Style for Soldiers Christmas Reunion party in St. James’s this year.