Cadets pull out all the stops to raise cash for good cause

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Volunteers from AA Veterans Support and Glengormley Army Cadet Force participated in a Land Rover Pull recently to raise funds for Armed Forces veterans and their families across Northern Ireland.

Despite terrible weather on the day, the Cadets and volunteers carried on with the 10-mile challenge to help raise much needed funds for AA Veterans Support - the charity set up by injured soldier Andy Allen.

Both Glengormley Army Cadet Force and AA Veterans Support expressed their thanks to Deputy Mayor Dineen Walker who came along on the day (June 15) to support the challenge.

“We would like to thank everyone who wished us well and donated on the day, helping us to raise a staggering total of £1,654.90 towards helping our veterans and their families,” a charity spokesperson said.

AA Veterans Support was set up by former Royal Irish Ranger Andy Allen who was horrifically injured in Afghanistan on July 14, 2008. The force of the blast tore off Andy’s right leg and left him blinded and fighting for his life. Ten days on from the blast surgeons had to take the decision to remove his other leg in an attempt to save his life as infections had set in.

Although an operation has now restored some of Andy’s vision, his world still remains blurred and distorted. But he is now on the road to recovery and attempting to get back up walking on prosthetic limbs.

Andy and a number of other ex-service personnel have identified a number of key areas where support for veterans and their families living in Northern Ireland could be better.

AA Veterans Support is aiming to raise as much money as possible to support the men and women who have served Queen and country. The charity is also hoping to establish a state-of-the-art respite, treatment and training centre in Northern Ireland to provide retraining, counselling and a number of other support services.