Northampton soldiers ask for help smashing charity target

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Soldiers from Northampton’s Army unit will take on the Silverstone Half Marathon to raise awareness of a charity for the county’s ex-servicemen.

The 24 men and women from 118 Recovery Company, several of whom have served in Afghanistan or Iraq, are appealing for sponsorship for ABF the Soldiers’ Charity.

Sgt Major Mark Heycock said: “People will naturally think that, because we are pulling out of Afghanistan, the injuries, and therefore the help needed for ex-servicemen and women, will now go away.

“The reality is that some of them, and their families, will need the ABF for the rest of their lives.”

ABF The Soldiers Charity differs from some other armed forces causes in that all the money it distributes helps the ex-soldiers in the county.

David Parish, vice chair of the ABF Northamptonshire branch, said: “We gave help worth £30,000 last year and you can be 100 per cent certain that all donations all help people who have served their country and now live in Northamptonshire.”

The 24 Reserve Forces soldiers have been training hard at their base in Clare Street, The Mounts, and will run the Silverstone Half Marathon this weekend, hoping to raise a minimum of £3,000.

Sgt Major Heycock said: “Please help us smash our target, the ABF is a great cause. And feel free to encourage people to help us.”

To sponsor the team click here

The soldiers have also set up a text number which is REME88

To text a £2 donation please send the following: ‘REME88 £2’ to 70070. Once you get a message back for Gift Aid you can add a personal message.

The donation doesn’t have to be £2 and can be any amount under £20.

If you would prefer to drop money into the TA Centre at Clare St, please mark the envelop ABF Donation, for attention of Company Sergeant Major, 118 Recovery Company.