Charity snub slammed by mother of soldier

A group of protesters, including Ballyduff woman Michelle Cooper (holding Help for Heroes placard), gathered outside the FG Wilson plant at Monkstown on Monday to voice their disgust at the company's refusal to consider Help for Heroes as its charity of the year. INNT 03-053-FP
A group of protesters, including Ballyduff woman Michelle Cooper (holding Help for Heroes placard), gathered outside the FG Wilson plant at Monkstown on Monday to voice their disgust at the company's refusal to consider Help for Heroes as its charity of the year. INNT 03-053-FP
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THE mother of a young Newtownabbey soldier who is currently serving in Afghanistan has hit out at local engineering firm FG Wilson for branding the Help for Heroes charity a political organisation.

A row broke out last week between workers and management at the company’s Monkstown base over its charity of the year.

Some staff at the Doagh Road site had wanted Help for Heroes, which assists injured service personnel, to be considered as the chosen charity for the coming 12 months, but the company turned down the nomination.

An email sent by FG Wilson Human Resources management to staff who put forward Help for Heroes reveals that the company’s charity committee were “unable to accept the nomination” as “the company charity policy states that the company cannot accept requests from political or religious organisations and this charity directly supports a political cause.”

That statement caused outrage among some employees and supporters of the charity, sparking a protest at the gates of the Doagh Road plant on Monday morning (January 16).

Read the full story in this week’s Times...