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Friday 3 July 2015

Help for Heroes should support Ulster's injured

Published 26/09/2012 | 08:00

Your readers will know that a severely injured soldier, former Ranger Andy Allen, from the Royal Irish Regiment, has been forced to form his own charity to open a rehabilitation and respite centre for wounded ex-servicemen living in Northern Ireland. In a number of interviews, he tells that he is doing this as no one else will.

I have nothing but admiration for this young wounded warrior. However, this begs the question: why does he have to do this?

Surely Help For Heroes, which has raised millions in Northern Ireland, should be funding this? A quick Internet check shows that they and the Royal British Legion have built similar centres on the mainland. So come on, Help For Heroes, fund this rehabilitation centre for Northern Ireland and allow Andy Allen and those like him some respite. After all, if you consider Northern Ireland a good enough place to fundraise (and Ranger Andy's profile appears on your website) then you have a moral responsibility to spend some of your millions here.


Larne, Co Antrim

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