Fundraiser for brave soldiers

Richard Walker and Ruth Harrison are pictured inviting locals to buy tickets for the event
Richard Walker and Ruth Harrison are pictured inviting locals to buy tickets for the event
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A KIND-HEARTED Wigan man is on a mission to show his appreciation for the country’s Armed Forces by holding a charity night.

David Cox will be hosting an all singing all dancing charity night this Saturday at The Pit Pony pub in Ashton to raise as much as he can for Help For Heroes.

And although he has no direct link to the charity it is still one that he feels passionate about.

He said: “Our Armed Forces have not had a great time of it during the last few years with many tragic deaths as well as job cuts adding to an already highly stressful job.

“So this charity night is my way of showing not only my appreciation for the sacrifices of our brave men and women but it will also show how widely supported they are by people right across the community.”

David, 58, is no stranger when it comes to arranging charity events and as the former concert secretary of the Ashton Jubilee Club he used to organise events annually.

But as a result of a number of health problems and a knee replacement operation the Cansfield Grove resident has not been able to arrange an event for the last six years.

He was determined to overcome his health problems and with the help of the pub’s managers, Richard Walker and Ruth Harrison, arrange a night to remember.

And they are inviting everybody to join them on Saturday from 7.30pm at the pub on Low Bank Road, Ashton.

He said: “I have not been able to get about as much as I used to in recent years because of a knee replacement operation I had that didn’t work.

“So I’ve not been able to get about as much, but a few months ago I thought that I should give it another go because I knew I could arrange a good night for a good cause if I really put my mind to it.

“And I can’t believe how willing people have been to help out to make the night a success.

“There’ll be four artists on plus a DJ and karaoke and all have given their time free of charge, which is really great to see.

“There’s already been a lot of interest in the night and I think it’s because Help for Heroes is such a well known charity that people are really happy to get behind it and do what they can.

“Everybody has been so generous and this event has really showed the strong sense of community spirit in the area.

“If the night is as much of a success as we hope then we will try and make it an annual event.”

Tickets for the night can be bought from the pub in advance or they will be available to buy on the door at £5.