Caring Kayleigh is helping our heroes

Kayleigh Simpson and John Nesbitt helped to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Kayleigh Simpson and John Nesbitt helped to raise money for Help for Heroes.

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CARING Kayleigh Simpson has launched a cash drive after hearing of war heroes left maimed for life.

Kayleigh, 25, of Biddick, Washington, says she has undertaken the charity challenge in honour of her brother-in-law Jamie Wornham.

The Royal Engineer, 26, of Concord, is engaged to Kayleigh’s sister Chantelle Scott and has recently returned from serving in Afghanistan, where some of his comrades suffered terrible injuries.

Money raised will go towards Help for Heroes, the charity set up in 2007 to help and support injured servicemen and women who return from conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Kayleigh’s colleagues from Winn Solicitors took part in a male waxing session.

Winn employee John Nesbitt kindly volunteered to have his back waxed in front of colleagues who had sponsored him.

John has now raised about £300 for the cause which will be added to the final total.

Kayleigh, a claims handler at Winns, said: “I think when you know people who go away to fight, you feel lucky when they come back in the same way that they left.

“That’s why I think it’s a massively important charity to support.”

Along with fellow organisers Chelsea Hargrave and Dominic Old, Kayleigh also rallied her community to come along to a fund-raising night at Westwood Social Club in Washington, which included performances by bands, a DJ and raffle.

“It went really well and we were impressed with the turnout,” added Kayleigh.

In addition, eight Winn’s employees will be taking part in a 50-mile bike ride from Seahouses to Tynemouth on Sunday.

Mark Pallas, John Nesbitt, Tony Stewart, Andrew Bullen, Michael Davies, Neil Henderson, Ben Roberts and Clark Noon have all begun their training for the challenge and have set about raising as much as they can through sponsorship.

Kayleigh said: “I think we have already got about £2,000 in, so that’s quite a bit we’ve raised.”

To donate to Kayleigh’s appeal, call her on 276 1000.

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