Helping heroes

PRIZES: Tim Wood and Jim Thornton with the military meerkats. (d11031140)
PRIZES: Tim Wood and Jim Thornton with the military meerkats. (d11031140)
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DONATIONS have been pouring in to an appeal to raise £100,000 for Help for Heroes.

A group of friends set up the appeal to help the Army charity pay for a new rehabilitation centre for wounded soldiers at Catterick in North Yorkshire.

The story was featured on the front page of the Reporter on Friday February 18 - and since then, cash donations and auction items have been flooding in.

Tim Wood, who is on the appeal committee, said donations included a £100 cheque from a Mrs Bamford; Yorkshire Beers owner Neil Faye has donated a £100 meal for four including wine at Primus Italian restaurant, Huddersfield, and a woman even donated a diamond and sapphire ring.

He said: “She said she had seen the story on the front page of the Reporter and wanted to help. She told me she had seen the pictures of troops coming home and it sickened her to think of them out in Afghanistan.”

The group is planning a big event at the Royal Armouries in Leeds called the Battle Back Ball. It takes place on April 30 with a James Bond theme and includes a three course meal and live entertainment. The ring and meal for four will be auctioned off for the charity.

Mr Wood said the group was also providing a family of military meerkats to be auctioned at the ball. The Old Colonial, Dunbottle Lane, Mirfield, is hosting a 1970s and 1980s night tomorrow from 8pm. Entrance is a suggested donation of £2. Fancy dress is optional and a free supper will be provided.

Contact Mr Wood on 01924 496920 for more information about Help for Heroes events.