MP bangs the drum for cause
MACCLESFIELD MP David Rutley has once again pledged his support for an army charity.
Mr Rutley gave his support to the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF), the soldiers charity, at a display by the Pipes and Drums of the Manchester branch of the Scots Guards Association at the Market Place in Macclesfield.
The spectacular display was put on by the East Cheshire branch of ABF, followed by a lunch at the nearby Town Hall Assembly Rooms.
The performance offered the public an opportunity to remember and support the great service of the British armed forces.
Mr Rutley said: “It has been an honour and pleasure to be able to attend such a fantastic event, and to support such an important cause.
“The performance was a stirring spectacle, but also a reminder that the armed forces give so much for us, and that we should be rightly proud of them. It is essential that we give them support when they need it most, which is why the work of ABF is so richly appreciated.”
ABF is a charity which offers lifetime support to both serving and retired soldiers when in need.
It has been in operation for 70 years and provides financial assistance to all soldiers and their families.
Even when a soldier leaves the Army they are still considered part of a wider family and eligible for ABF’s help.
Half of the money is given direct to individuals, to help in areas such as debt relief, mobility assistance, education bursaries, care home fees and respite breaks. The other half is given as grants to other charities.
As the nature of conflict has evolved in recent years, the organisation set up the Current Operations Fund, to support soldiers and their families who have been affected by operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
●● From left: Coun Liz Durham, Colonel John Charlesworth, Chairman of East Cheshire ABF, Cheshire East mayor Coun Hilda Gaddum and Pipe Major James Gray from the Manchester branch of the Scots Guards Association with Macclesfield MP David Rutley