Brigadier Richard Dennis OBE ADC, the Army’s Director of Infantry, is currently touring Infantry Regimental Headquarters on his motorbike to personally thank soldiers before he leaves command. He’s raising money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity in the process.
My visit to the Regimental Headquarters of The Yorkshire Regiment in York and The Royal Anglian Regiment in Bury St Edmunds yesterday was a real success. I identified how both Regimental Headquarters and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity are supporting our lads today.
In Yorkshire, 227 grants totalling £160,806 have been made. For example, a 97-year old former WW2 Welsh Borderer, living in a sheltered flat in Bingley. He suffers from arthritis in the lower back and legs and can no longer step in or out of his bath. As a result he could only strip wash. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity made a grant of £1,250 towards the costs of a walk in shower for him.
In Suffolk, 57 grants totalling £42,501 have been made. For example, support was given to the family of a former Irish Guards Colour Sergeant whose 18-year old daughter suffered a severe stroke. She was unable to move anything except her eyes and was communicating through a special computerised system which followed her eye movements. As she was in hospital in London and the family lived in Harwich, the costs of regular travel and the specialised equipment needed for her care, not all of which was available on the NHS, were causing concern. The Regiment was organising fund raising events to assist and The Soldiers’ Charity had no hesitation in making a support grant for the family.
My trip is being made possible by the generosity of Triumph UK, who have supplied my motorbike. I hope to increase people’s awareness of the vital role played by all Service charities and encourage them to donate to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. If you wish to do so, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/BikingBrigadier – thank you.