Ex-servicemen have been showing their support to fellow veterans by raising money at this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.
The fundraising event, which was held at the Hare and Hounds pub in Riccall, was a huge success with over 100 people attending - including current and former armed forces personnel.
Riccall resident and ex-military man Graham Albinson organised the day, raising £300 for the Royal British Legion charity. The money will go towards helping support ex-servicemen and women when transitioning back into civilian life. Graham, who served as a driver in the Royal Corps Transport for 14 years, said: “When I left the army in the late 80’s, I was given a council house and there were no soldiers on the streets. Today, there is much less support.” Neil Cochran is the community fundraiser for the Royal British Legion, and he also served in the RAF. He said: “The money goes to veterans that fall on hard times. Whether that be mental health related, wellbeing, housing or employment support after leaving the forces.” The Royal British Legion helps support serving and ex-serving military personnel and their families, providing financial, social and emotional sport to those most in need.
Graham and Ken donating the cheque to the Royal British Legion. (08-07-58 ST/RJ)