Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Delight over fundraiser

(L-r) Help for Heroes coordinator Neal Somerville, south Belfast organisers for the event Sharon Stewart, Ann Crowe, Joanne Grattan, and Michael Stoker

A south Belfast councillor whose soldier son was seriously injured in Afghanistan has praised the work of a group of local women who helped raise more than £12,000 for a charity that helps British troops wounded in battle.

The group of women presented a cheque for £12,453.20 last week to Help for Heroes after organising a sponsored walk from Belfast to Lisburn in September.

Balmoral Councillor Bob Stoker's son Michael, 22, suffered a broken pelvis and 30 percent burns after the vehicle he was in hit a mine and overturned at the end of May.

The Queen's Royal Hussars soldier had to undergo a skin graft operation at Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, following the blast.

Councillor Stoker said his son is now doing very well and was delighted to have been involved in the cheque presentation. And he added: “People were very humbled by the amount raised — especially in these very difficult economic times.”

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