Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY -

●● A BAG­PIPE march­ing band dis­play or­gan­ised by a sol­diers’ char­ity helped to raise aware­ness of its work to sup­port the armed forces.

The East Cheshire branch of the Army Benev­o­lent Fund (ABF) or­gan­ised the dis­play by the Pipes and Drums of the Manch­ester branch of the Scots Guards As­so­ci­a­tion, at Mar­ket Place in Mac­cles­field.

MP for Mac­cles­field, David Rut­ley, gave his sup­port for the work of the ABF by at­tend­ing the event.

The dis­play was fol­lowed by a lunch at the Town Hall.

The per­for­mance aimed to give the public an op­por­tu­nity to re­mem­ber and sup­port the work of the Bri­tish armed forces.

Mr Rut­ley said: “It’s 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 of­fers life­time sup­port to both serv­ing and re­tired sol­diers when in need.

Hav­ing been in op­er­a­tion for more than 70 years, it can pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to all sol­diers and their fam­i­lies.

Even when a soldier leaves the Army they are still con­sid­ered el­i­gi­ble for ABF’s help.

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 or­gan­i­sa­tion set up a fund to sup­port sol­diers who have been af­fected by the oper­a­tions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The num­ber of cases need­ing sup­port has in­creased in re­cent years.

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