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Wounded troops support 'not enough'

More than half of Britons think not enough support is given to injured troops when they return home from Afghanistan, a survey has found.

Just over one in five people (21%) feel that provision for wounded servicemen and women in the UK is adequate.

By contrast, 34% of those polled said assistance for those injured in the war-torn country was "not really" enough and 18% said it was "not at all" sufficient.

The survey was carried out for Nissan, which is sponsoring a fundraising expedition to Morocco led by four British paratroopers wounded in Afghanistan.

The soldiers, two of whom lost a leg after being hit by Taliban improvised explosive devices (IEDs), are hoping to raise £40,000 for the Afghanistan Trust, which supports injured Parachute Regiment soldiers and the families of those who have been killed.

The paratroopers taking part are Sergeant Alan Jackson, 29, from Colchester, Essex, Private Pete Burns, 25, from Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, Private Mark Vidler, 22, from Canterbury, Kent, and Private Callum Urquhart, 20, from Nottingham.

The expedition will leave on April 18, with two teams setting off from the Parachute Regiment's barracks in Colchester and another two departing from Nissan headquarters in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

Opinion Matters surveyed 1,212 UK adults online between March 28 and April 2. Donations can be made at


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