Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lending a Hand in Helping Heroes; TEESSIDE Volunteers Are at the Forefront of Fundraising for Britain's Brave War Casualties - Highlighted by Pounds 20,000 Raised So Far by Three Local Brothers Alone, as MIKE MORGAN Reports

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lending a Hand in Helping Heroes; TEESSIDE Volunteers Are at the Forefront of Fundraising for Britain's Brave War Casualties - Highlighted by Pounds 20,000 Raised So Far by Three Local Brothers Alone, as MIKE MORGAN Reports

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Byline: MIKE MORGAN

THE HELP for Heroes charity has raised millions to help British servicemen and women injured - and emotionally traumatised - in wars like Afghanistan and other conflicts overseas.

Along with organisations like the British Legion, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, Combat Stress and others, its work has caught the public's imagination.

Its famous rehabilitation centre is at Headley Court.

This the location where wounded service personnel are fitted with the latest prosthetic limbs and are helped in many other ways, including intensive physiotherapy.

Many injuries are severe, caused by Improvised Explosive Devices, planted in Afghanistan by terrorists, designed to maim or kill.

Volunteers work nationally to keep the organisation going and locally on Teesside, where work for H4H is strongly supported.

Many people from all walks of life volunteer to fund raise for the charity.

Its success is highlighted by the efforts of three local ex servicemen, now military shop owners - Jeff, Johnny and Mark Carroll - who've raised a staggering pounds 20,000 for Help For Heroes to date.

The trio's Buckshees shops at Middlesbrough, Guisborough and Washington have run a hugely successful bottle collection for the charity since its inception.

Jeff Carroll, 53, of the Guisborough store on Chaloner Street, spent many years in the Regular Army, in tanks in the 15th-19th Hussars serving in Oman, Germany and Cyprus and later as a Teesside officer in the Territorial Army cadets.

Brother Mark, 47, also of Guisborough, who runs the Washington shop, was 22 years in the Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, serving in Kosovo, Iraq and Northern Ireland.

And brother Johnny, 43, also Guisborough, of the Middlesbrough Dundas Centre store, was in the 15th-19th Hussars for 12 years, serving in Cyprus and Germany.

The charity says: "Help For Heroes is all about doing your bit and the Carroll brothers are a wonderful example of people having a good idea, rallying support and raising cash for a wonderful cause. …

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