CALL UP FOR ARMED FORCES DAY

Teenager look­ing for­ward to the ‘re­ward­ing hon­our’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A VOL­UN­TEER has called out for more help at Armed Forces Day 2015 af­ter de­scrib­ing the last event as an ‘hon­our’ to sup­port.

Ty­rone Weeks, 18, said the day on June 27 is also an op­por­tu­nity for mem­bers of the public to say thank you to the armed forces for the work they do.

Speak­ing about the last event in 2013, Mr Weeks said: “It was re­ally good last time.

“Ob­vi­ously I got to meet so many peo­ple out of the 10,000 peo­ple there.

“I got to hear what peo­ple thought about Armed Forces Day. It was good to speak to peo­ple.

“I met other vol­un­teers and we’re still in con­tact, I’m still friends with them.”

Mr Weeks, who will be vol­un­teer­ing for the sec­ond time this year, added: “Vol­un­teer­ing for the Armed Forces Day 2013 was so re­ward­ing.

“I work in adult so­cial care in my day job where, thanks to my manager, I have learned new skills, so as a vol­un­teer I get to use my skills from work and build on them to en­cour­age peo­ple to vol­un­teer to help sup­port those in need.”

At first he was un­sure about help­ing out and ad­mit­ted that un­til 2013 he had no idea what the armed forces were.

He said: “I never vol­un­teered un­til 2013. I had friends that had vol­un­teered but I was re­ally re­luc­tant to vol­un­teer.

“It changed my opin­ion a lot. Now when we’re walk­ing through town and we see Help for He­roes I think how much sup­port they give us.

“It means a lot to me and that’s why I’m vol­un­teer­ing this year and in fu­ture.”

Or­gan­is­ers are look­ing for help on Fri­day, June 26, Satur­day, June 27 and Sun­day, June 28.

The event will take place on the Satur­day at Ayles­bury Rugby Club, We­ston Turville, from 1pm un­til 7pm.

Vol­un­teers will re­ceive free en­try, one hot food voucher and ac­cess to tea, cof­fee, squash and wa­ter through­out the day.

Con­tact bucksc­cevents@ buckscc.gov.uk. for more in­for­ma­tion.

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BIG DAY: Ty­rone Weeks

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