Can Mirfield help the heroes?

Mark Andrews is joined by Alex Nordoff, Jim Thornton and Tim Wood. Together they are trying to raise �100,000 for the charity, Help for Heroes. They have several ideas lined up, including an auction where some fake meerkats will be auctioned off. (d16021161)

Mark Andrews is joined by Alex Nordoff, Jim Thornton and Tim Wood. Together they are trying to raise �100,000 for the charity, Help for Heroes. They have several ideas lined up, including an auction where some fake meerkats will be auctioned off. (d16021161)

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GET behind our boys and raise £100,000 for Help for Heroes.

That’s the rallying call from a team of fundraisers which wants to raise the cash for a recovery and rehabilitation centre for wounded soldiers.

The idea came from Mirfield Air Cadets Flt Sgt Mark Andrews, who has asked members of the Cadets and Mirfield Royal British Legion to help him.

He said: “This is all about the poor guys that have to battle back to fitness. That is what Help for Heroes is all about. We want to do something to help these people that have given so much.”

One major fundraising event is a black tie Battle Back Ball, at Leeds’ Royal Armouries Museum on April 30. Other events include a 127-mile boat pull along the Leeds Liverpool canal and an ‘iron man’ style Yorkshire Three Peaks cycle and climb.

The Old Colonial club, in Dunbottle Lane, is hosting a race night, a curry and quiz night, and a hog roast.

Part of the money made on the race night will go towards paying for a table at the Battle Back Ball for a group of injured soldiers.

Old Colonial landlord Tim Wood said: “We want bums on seats, feet in the pub and pennies from purses. If it was a member of your family who needed this facility, how would you feel?”

Lt Col David Eastman, who writes a weekly blog for the Reporter, said: “It is wonderful to hear about the support from the group. These are vital facilities that will help our young men and women injured in the course of duty to return to some semblance of normality.

“On behalf of the troops serving in Afghanistan I would like to thank them for their support and wish them the very best of luck in achieving their target. This is a very worthy cause and it is heartening to see the population, especially the younger element, supporting our soldiers, sailors and airmen in this way.”

The drive starts tonight at the Old Colonial, Dunbottle Lane, with a raffle. Top prizes are two Help for Heroes military meerkats donated by deputy mayor Coun David Pinder.

For information about tickets for all events, contact Mr Wood on 01924 496920.