Friday, 15 December 2017

Lunch raises funds for charity

A LUNCH in Henley raised almost £3,000 for a charity which supports serving and former army personnel and their families.

A LUNCH in Henley raised almost £3,000 for a charity which supports serving and former army personnel and their families.

Fifty guests attended the event at Leander Club and heard speeches from Olympic gold medallist Heather Stanning and paratroopers Scott Meenagh and Jordan Beecher. This was was followed by an auction and raffle in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund — The Soldiers’ Charity and a tour of Leander’s training facilities.

Stanning, who is a serving captain with the 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery, said: “It’s really important that we support these things. For me it’s a very easy thing to do but has a big impact so why wouldn’t I? It’s great to see the old boys here with the regimental ties out. It’s nice to hear what they went through when they were serving.”

Para-rower and double amputee Mr Meenagh lost both his legs when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan in 2011 while serving with the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment.

He was named captain of the British Armed Forces rowing team in the 2014 London Invictus Games.

He said: “We invest heavily in personal development of soldiers after service. I’ve done a diploma and a lot of the funding came from the charity. For people like ourselves we’ve had life-changing injuries. I never planned on being anything else than a soldier.” Mr Beecher, who is also a para-rower, was also injured by an IED in Afghanistan which resulted in his leg being amputated. He said the charity had helped pay for educational courses when he left the army, had assisted his family when he was in hospital and helped replace loss of earnings. Tim Davies, chairman of the ABF Oxfordshire, said: “The ABF looks after everyone — it’s lifetime support.”

Pictured, left to right, Tim Davies, Heather Stanning, Jordan Beecher and Scott Meenagh





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