BARNSLEY College students did a three night stint with the British Army in memory of a local soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan. Barnsley College Public Services students trained alongside Army soldiers and dedicated the exercise to Private Matthew Thornton who was killed in action, serving in Afghanistan in November 2011. The students went to Beckingham Barracks in Lincolnshire for intensive fitness sessions, basic fighting skills, night exercises and the dreaded assault course. Val Mills, director of Barnsley Sports Academy, said: “Matthew was a student on our Uniformed Services courses during the period 2000 to 2002. He is fondly remembered by the Uniformed Services staff as being a cheerful and dedicated student who put 110 per cent effort into his studies and was always willing to take part in anything that was on offer, especially the practical elements of the course. “Matthew was a popular student with both staff and students. His dedication to his country and subsequent death had a major impact on our current students and, as a result, they dedicated their fund raising to the Army Benevolent Fund in memory of Private Matthew Thornton.” The students raised £2,428 for the Army Benevolent Fund that supports soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need or distress due to death, injury, illness or any other unforeseen circumstances.
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