MP shows support for soldiers in need
Local MP Andrew Bridgen is showing his support for a charity that helps soldiers and their families in times of need, and is asking the people of North West Leicestershire to do the same.
The Soldiers’ Charity, formerly known as the Army Benevolent Fund, supports soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need.
Now in its 66th year, the Soldiers’ Army has seen a 30 per cent increase in the number of people seeking help, and they expect the trend to continue because of the added pressure put on soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
Andrew said: “I am very pleased to support the Soldiers’ Army and champion the great work that it does to support our current and former servicemen, many of whom have put their lives on the line for this country.”
Money raised by the charity is used in two different ways.
Half is given directly to individuals to help in areas such as debt relief, mobility, education bursaries, care-home fees and respite breaks.
The remainder is distributed as grants to other charities supporting soldiers and their families.