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Former Soldier Presented With £5,000 Donation

Monday November 25 2013

FORMER soldier Ben Parkinson was presented with a £5,000 donation to his charity The Pilgrim Bandits - which helps and inspires wounded soldiers.

Paratrooper Ben, from Doncaster, suffered horrific injuries in a bomb attack in Afghanistan in 2006 and lost both his legs.

He was presented with a cheque at a service of remembrance held by the Barnsley and district branch of The Parachute Regimental Association.

The money was raised by events at the Goldthorpe Reform Club, Darfield Road WMC and collections at Asda stores in the Barnsley area.

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Reply Posted by sally on Monday November 25 2013 at 14:24
It is excellent that people give money for wounded soldiers that it benefits peoples lives. My opinion is soldiers that have served the country should not have to rely on charity to help them. The government should meet their needs. The government send billions overseas why not use some of that for our own people instead. It is very unfair and unjust. How can this government justify sending billions in aid to other countries when time after time there are stories of our own people in desperate need. All overseas aid should be stopped and take care of our own people. These men and women join the forces to protect the country and when they can no longer do the job just left to fend for themselves. Its disgusting.

Reply Posted by good will on Monday November 25 2013 at 20:02
wounded soldiers should NOT have to depend on charity and I think I am correct in thinking Ben likes to be referred to as Soldier not former soldier

Reply Posted by sally on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 11:45
Well said, I was just thinking about something I read a while back about the Help The Heroes fund. Apparently 180 million in the accounts and that some of that money was used to renovate/modernise MD properties. The reason given was to provide for the soldiers. The government/MD should pay for that. Not funds that have been raised by the generous good hearted public. It is appalling. Good luck to Ben with my best wishes Sally.

Reply Posted by TheGuardian on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 17:23
Exactly right Sally & not a lot of people know that. The RBL are a better bet. Well done Ben, great effort as always, Hero.