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Strength Spectacle Helps Raise £400 for Military Charity
05 Sep 2016
by Rhea Alton

An extraordinary show of strength which saw a man pull his car along from his wheelchair helped raise £400 for a military charity.

Glen Leversedge, one of the members of the Shrewsbury Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club, completed the spectacular event on a town side road as part of a barbecue held in aid of SSAFA.

The day took place at Origins Restaurant in London Road earlier this summer, with a cheque for £400 handed over to SSAFA Shropshire chairman Brigadier (retd) Andrew Meek at one of the breakfast meetings on Sunday (August 21).

The restaurant is situated on the Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology campus, where the Armed Forces Covenant was recently signed. The college donated the profits from the barbecue and a raffle was also held during the event.

Brig Meek said: “We were delighted the club decided to donate the funds to the SSAFA and were amazed by Mr Leversedge’s stunt.

“The money raised will go towards helping Armed Forces personnel in Shropshire.”

The Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club is one of 150 across the world, set up to enable veterans, serving members and their families to join together for breakfast and banter. The Shrewsbury branch was formed in March this year and already has more than 150 members, meeting at the Red Lion, Battlefield Road on the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month at 10am.

It is a non-profit organisation with no joining fees or subscriptions. The only criteria to become a member is being a veteran or serving member of the Armed Forces community and the only rule is all rank is left at the door.

SSAFA is the Armed Forces charity which provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force and their families. This includes both regulars and reserves.

Each year professional staff and more than 7,000 volunteers provide assistance to around 55,000 people from Second World War veterans to the families of young service personnel wounded or killed in Afghanistan.

Visit www.afvbc.co.uk for more information about the breakfast club, or visit www.ssafa.co.uk or follow @SSAFA to find out more about the charity.