Plea to keep up the fundraising efforts

Newly appointed Help for Heroes Rutland co-ordinator Karen Read promotes the charity in Uppingham Market Place Photo: SM040611-107s
Newly appointed Help for Heroes Rutland co-ordinator Karen Read promotes the charity in Uppingham Market Place Photo: SM040611-107s
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A CHARITY co-ordinator says fundraising must still continue despite hitting the £100m milestone.

Carol Roome is the county coordinator for Help for Heroes in Rutland and Cambridgeshire, but as she lives in Priory Gardens, Stamford, she also covers Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings.

Help for Heroes co-ordinator for Rutland and Cambridgeshire Carol Roome, third left, thanks Jeanne Priest, third right, for the cheque watched by coffee morning helpers, from left, Betty Edwards, Stanley Collins, Tony Priest, Doreen Robins and Janet Williams Photo: SM040611-010js

Help for Heroes co-ordinator for Rutland and Cambridgeshire Carol Roome, third left, thanks Jeanne Priest, third right, for the cheque watched by coffee morning helpers, from left, Betty Edwards, Stanley Collins, Tony Priest, Doreen Robins and Janet Williams Photo: SM040611-010js

She said that hitting the £100m mark was fantastic but there was still work to be done.

Carol, who has been involved with the charity since August last year, said: “£100m really is an incredible milestone to reach but we are no better off now than we were when we first started.

“All that money has already been allocated and the charity has a wish list of £40m of projects, including building four personnel recovery centres.”

Carol’s son William inspired her to get involved after he was posted to Afghanistan last year as part of The Royal Dragoon Guards.

Carol said the charity had received “amazing support” in this area.

She said: “We cannot break down how much has been raised in each county but I have been to schools, rotary clubs, community groups and even golf clubs to collect cheques.

“There really is such a big support for the charity in this area, particularly with the military bases. This money makes a difference to soldiers’ lives on a daily basis.”

Bryn and Emma Parry set up the charity in October 2007 with the aim of raising £10,000 for wounded service personnel during a charity bike ride.

Bryn, who is chief executive officer of Help for Heroes, said: “We are staggered, humbled and very proud indeed to be involved in a charity that has become a national phenomenon. We are delighted to announce that Help for Heroes has reached the extraordinary milestone of £100m since we launched. We are even more delighted to be able to say that every single penny of that huge sum has already been spent, or is already allocated, to provide practical, direct support to our wounded.”

The Big Battlefield Bike Ride event, which took place through Normandy, France, and finished at the Eiffel Tower in Paris last week, pushed the charity to the incredible milestone.

Karen Read, of London Road, Uppingham, has recently been appointed a local co-ordinator for Rutland.

She decided to get involved with the charity through her work with the not-for-profit company Institute of Leadership and Management, where she works as head of defence and international. Her partner also works for Nato and is currently in Libya.

Her first tasks in the role have included a fundraising market stall in Uppingham and a cheque presentation from Peterborough-based coffee company Masteroast.

Karen said: “This is just my way of trying to help the charity by raising awareness and funds and getting involved with the community.

“It is a fantastic time to be joining the charity with it hitting the £100m mark but I know there’s a lot more to be done.”

Anyone who wants to help should get in touch with Karen by calling 01572 829822 or e-mail karen.read@h4hcounty.org.uk.