Helping hand for Sunderland’s veterans

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WEARSIDERS have banded together to raise money for the city’s armed forces community.

The West End Conservative Club members in Hylton Road have raised £1,000 for ex-service men and women.

The money has been collected and passed on to Sunderland Armed Forces Network, who will distribute the funds locally.

The Network is currently applying for charity status with a view to helping some of the 26,000 veterans currently living in the city. Bill Newell, Chairman of the Club, says: “On behalf of the West End Conservative Club, we wish all the armed forces and ex-service men and women, the best of health.

“They are always welcome at the club.”

Local resident Zenobia Shearing has also raised £450 by hosting coffee mornings for friends and family.

The money comes just weeks before the Armed Forces Weekend Celebration, which is to be held on Friday, June 27.

Graham Hall, from the Network, said: “Sunderland has a phenomenal record of recruiting for the armed forces especially the Army.

“We currently have in excess of 26,000 veterans in the city of all ages, which is the highest ratio of any city in the country.

“We are continuing to help some personnel who have been injured and been in the Personnel Recovery Units, which are run by Help for Heroes.”