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Supporting troops overseas
PEOPLE in Wiltshire are being asked to support their local servicemen and women by becoming Troop AID fundraisers.
Troop AID is a charity that offers immediate assistance if any army personnel are injured on active service overseas.
It was launched by three ex-servicemen in 2006 when they discovered injured troops were returning to the UK from war zones without personal effects or clothing because of the urgent need to repatriate them.
Working through the Defence Medical Welfare Service, the charity sends grab bags containing essential items to field hospitals in Afghanistan and to receiving hospitals around the UK and in Germany.
The bags contain items including t-shirts, shorts, underwear, washing and shaving kit, flannel, toothbrush and paste, socks, and pen and paper.
Charity co-founder Al Sutton said: “We urgently need more fundraising supporters because the demand for our grab bags has grown to include Cyprus and the Falkland Islands and other overseas bases where troops can also be injured in training accidents.
“There are army barracks in Wiltshire so we would be delighted to hear from anyone in the county, with or without service links, who would be willing to hold a fundraising event for us, large or small.”
As well as the grab bags, they also supply clothing such as tracksuits, hoodies, fleeces and trainers.
If people want to help but can’t organise an event, £25 provides an emergency pack to a soldier in need.
For more information go to troopaid.info or call 0121 7117215.
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