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Charity triumph for Troop Aid

20 September 2013

Leanne Gallagher from the School of Science, Engineering & Technology completed the recent Dundee Cyclathon to raise money for Troop Aid, one of the charities who supported her son when he was injured in Afghanistan.

Andy was injured in 2012 whilst on his first tour of Afghanistan with the Grenadier Guards.

He suffered a broken right leg, shrapnel wounds from knee to ankle on the same leg which required a skin graft, broken right hand, shrapnel wound to his right shoulder, perforated ear drum and a fracture in his left foot following a grenade attack in the Nahr-el-Sarraj district.

Leanne and Gillian Bell completed the 26-mile challenge in tough conditions last weekend, raising money for the organisation which provides immediate support for injured personnel on their return.

Leanne explains more:

“I wanted to challenge myself to do something to raise some money for Troop Aid, one of the charities that helped my son Andy when he was injured in Afghanistan last year. When I suggested it to Gillian she very kindly agreed to do it with me and also to raise money for Troop Aid.

“Troop Aid provide really practical help at a time when it’s most needed.  My son came back with a small plastic bag of belongings that included his dog-tags and watch.  He had no other personal belongings or clothes as he’d been airlifted to Camp Bastion immediately after the incident and then flown directly back to Birmingham the following day. As soon as he got to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham Troop Aid gave him a ‘grab bag’ which included clothes, a wash kit and a pre-paid mobile phone.

“Gillian and I have been overwhelmed with the support that we’ve received and I’m just glad to be able to give one of the lesser known charities like Troop Aid a bit of coverage and to pay them back in some small way for the support they gave my son.”

Leanne is raising funds online for Troop Aid, and has already beaten her £250 target – with each £25 buying one grab bag to support an injured member of the armed forces.

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