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Bags of success

Solihull Editorial 6th Jan, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

THE GENEROSITY of big-hearted West Midlands folk has been praised by Al and Pam Sutton – organisers of Solihull-based forces charity Troop AID.

Thanks to an enthusiastic community effort and support from a host of well wishers around the UK, the charity’s sixth annual ball held at the National Motorcycle Museum has raised around £12,000.

Troop AID secretary Pam Sutton said the event had now collected a staggering £70,000 since it was first launched.

“Both Al and I are deeply indebted to all our supporters and to our dedicated band of volunteers without whose help we simply could not have been so successful in helping injured service personnel.” she said.

Troop AID was founded when ex Solihull servicemen Al Sutton, Derek Joss and friends discovered that soldiers wounded or injured in war zones or training accidents often had no personal kit when they were flown into Birmingham for emergency treatment.

Now the charity sends out thousands of grab bags of personal items to UK Armed Forces bases in many parts of the world. It was thought that demand for their bags would decline with the withdrawal of British forces from Afghanistan but Al said the opposite had happened with more being sent out in case of need to UK bases both at home and abroad.

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