New boss’s pledge for Army charity

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A NEW boss at an army charity which has helped struggling military families across Wearside has pledged to “work with ordinary people who do some extraordinary things”.

Major Barney Barnbrook, 43, will co-ordinate fundraising across the North East for the ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity.

The group, formerly The Army Benevolent Fund, has helped current soldiers, former soldiers and their families for almost 70 years.

Earlier this year, it helped support the grieving family of Sapper Richard Walker, who was killed by a rogue member of the Afghan National Army.

The 23-year-old, from Washington, was shot in an apparent “insider attack” by a member of the ANA at Patrol Base Hazrat in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.

Following the tragedy, his relatives paid tribute to the way the charity “helped the whole family”.

Maj Barnbrook has served in the Army for more than 20 years, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion Mercian Regiment, and has taken up the position of regional director of the North East and Yorkshire office.

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