Raising bids for military good cause

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A WIGAN club has raised hundreds of pounds for an armed forces charity.

Higher Ince Labour Club reached a total of £1,000 through auctions, raffles and donations for Help for Heroes.

Marion Baldwin handed over a cheque to L Cpl Paul Dean and other members of D (DLOY) Squadron of the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry who are Wigan’s locally based Army Reserve unit.

Mrs Baldwin said: “It was something the committee and its members wanted to do in support of the sacrifices being constantly made by our Armed Forces both Regular and Reserve at home and abroad. The support from local people was amazing and a heartfelt thank you goes to them all for their generosity”.

Trevor Wallace, a local comedian who performed on the night, said: “It is very clear to our nation the debt and gratitude we owe our soldiers for the remarkable work they do and the unfortunate life lasting injuries some of them have inflicted on them in the line of duty.

“Being able to show them our support for what they do is the least we can do”.

Cpt Jimmy Aspinall added: “I was over the moon to see so many local people, especially in these times of austerity making every effort to come together, enjoy themselves and at the same time raise money for such a very good cause.”