MP bangs the drum for cause

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

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

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